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North Korea accuses U.S., South Korea of cyberattacks

on March 15, 2013 10:10 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea blamed South Korea and the United States today for cyberattacks that temporarily shut down websites this week at a time of elevated tensions over the North’s nuclear ambitions. Experts, however, indicated it could take months to determine what happened.

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 today 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.”

Regime tightens security in capital

BEIRUT — Syrian authorities today beefed up security measures in Damascus as rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad urged supporters to mark the second anniversary of the country’s uprising by stepping up attacks against the regime.

The revolt against Assad’s authoritarian rule began in March 2011 with protests in the southern city of Daraa, after troops arrested teenagers who scrawled anti-regime graffiti on a wall. It has since morphed into a civil war with an estimated 70,000 people killed, according to the U.N.

Some rebels today called for stepped-up attacks to mark the anniversary. The banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group urged a “week of action” on the occasion but didn’t specify what it would do.

Boeing: 787 flights to restart

TOKYO (AP) — Boeing said today it sees commercial flights of its grounded 787 jets resuming “within weeks” even though it has not pinpointed the cause of battery overheating.

Boeing Co. Chief Project Engineer Michael Sinnett outlined a fix centered on a new design for the lithium-ion battery system that has many layers of safeguards to prevent overheating. It also has measures to contain any problems if malfunctions do occur.

A third of safety tests have already been completed. A Japanese official said it was possible flights could resume next month.

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