Seoul: North Korea has accused South Korea and the United States for cyber-attacks on its internet servers, amid tension on the peninsula. Experts, however, indicated it could take months to determine what happened and one analyst suggested more likely culprits: hackers in China.
Internet access in Pyongyang was intermittent on Wednesday and Thursday, and Loxley Pacific Co, the broadband Internet provider for North Korea, said it was investigating an online attack that took down Pyongyang servers. A spokesman for the Bangkok-based company said Friday that it was not clear where the attack originated.
North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency blamed the shutdown on the United States and South Korea, accusing the allies of expanding an aggressive stance against Pyongyang into cyberspace with "intensive and persistent virus attacks."
South Korea denied the allegation and the US military declined to comment.
The cyber-attack accusation comes amid a torrent of North Korean criticism against the US and South Korea for holding routine joint military drills that Pyongyang considers preparations for an invasion. North Korea also is incensed by United Nations sanctions punishing Pyongyang for testing a nuclear device that it claims to need as a defense against US aggression.