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North Korea has gone completely offline

North Korea is mysteriously offline today, Bloomberg reports. The hermit kingdom, which was formally accused of leading the Sony hacking scandal last Friday, had been "experiencing intermittent problems" yesterday before going completely dark today.

On Friday, President Obama promised that the U.S. government would issue a "proportional" response to North Korea's alleged hacking. There has been no word yet if the U.S. is behind the outage.

UPDATE: The U.S. State Department on Monday cryptically said of the U.S. responses, "some will be seen, some may not be seen," AP reports. The White House declined to comment on whether it was behind the outage. --Kimberly Alters