- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — North Korea is experiencing widespread Internet outages. One expert says the country’s online access is “totally down.”

It’s not immediately clear if the Internet connectivity problems were an act of retribution for a major intrusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment that the FBI last week linked to North Korea.

A spokeswoman for the National Security Council at the White House wouldn’t say whether the U.S. was responsible.

“We have no new information to share regarding North Korea today,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan. “If in fact North Korea’s Internet has gone down, we’d refer you to that government for comment.”

President Obama on Friday said the U.S. government would respond but didn’t say how.

The White House declined to comment Monday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters that of the federal government responses, “some will be seen, some may not be seen.”

Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, said the Internet connectivity problems were discovered in the last 24 hours and have gotten progressively worse to the point that “North Korea’s totally down.”

Washington Times White House correspondent Dave Boyer contributed to this report.

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