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North Korea’s Internet goes down — again

A day after North Korea’s Internet went down for nearly 10 hours, the same happened on Tuesday, according to an Internet performance research company.

Dyn Research reports the latest issue began at 3:40 local time. But unlike Monday’s blackout, this one only lasted for a little more than 30 minutes.

It wasn’t clear what caused Monday’s stoppage in one of the least-wired and poorest countries in the world, but outside experts said it could be anything from a cyberattack to a simple power failure. The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.

Even if a cyberattack had caused the shutdowns, analysts said, it would largely be symbolic since only a tiny number of North Koreans are allowed on the Internet — a fraction of Pyongyang’s staunchly loyal elite, as well as foreigners.

Over the weekend, North Korea said the “whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism,” would be attacked, insisting the U.S. government was behind the making of “The Interview.”

CONTRIBUTING: ASSOCIATED PRESS