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Unknown hackers unleash a devastating cyberattack on North Korea's Internet

Unknown hackers unleash a devastating cyberattack on North Korea's Internet
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Authorities suspect that North Korea might be experiencing a massive cyberattack. The entire country's Internet connection is suffering one of its biggest outages in history.

All of this is happening in the wake of North Korea's suspected connection to the cyberattacks attacks on Sony Pictures to shut down the production of "The Interview." Security experts and reporters suspect that this attack on North Korea might be retaliation.

What they're not sure about, though, is who's behind North Korea's massive Internet outage. People suspect the U.S. government, vigilante hackers or even China, North Korea's larger patron.

Who would have thought that a mugging vehicle for James Franco and his relatable friend Seth Rogan could have caused this much controversy?

Want to hear what I think? I believe that the FBI's claims against North Korea being behind the Sony Pictures attack are solid.

I'm not sure about who's really behind the attack on North Korea. I do know this, though: President Obama just visited China to encourage the country to join the U.S. in a push against climate change.

The visit was also about improving diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China in the wake of a few Chinese hacking scandals.

North Korea is backed by China. By backed, I mean "backed" in the same way that you "back" your punk rock nephew who only calls home for rent money.

He's crazy, but he's family. North Korea's Internet connection is routed through China. And it's at the center of an attack on the U.S.'s freedom of speech.

What would you do as North Korea's uncle? You can't shut him up publicly, but you can flip his Internet off to shut him up for a while.

All we have at this point are accusations and hard-to-prove connections. People are claiming that "vigilante" hackers have moved to shut down all of North Korea's Internet.

Similarly, I don't think that the U.S. government would shut down another country's Internet as a response to an attack on our freedom of speech. That'd be a little too ironic, wouldn't it?

Alert: Be sure to avoid the leaked Sony documents. They're everywhere online, but downloading them might earn you a visit from the feds.

I'll be watching this story like a hawk. Stick with me for more updates on how this hacking incident/diplomatic crisis pans out.

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Source: Vox
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