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North Korea Denies Cyber Attacks Against South Korean Companies

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 21: A researcher inspecting for computer viruses at Hauri Inc. the IT security software vendor on March 21, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) | Getty Images

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea has denied involvement in a cyberattack that shut down nearly 50,000 computers and servers at South Korean broadcasters and banks last month.

The General Staff of the Korean People's Army issued the denial Saturday through the official Korean Central News Agency. Seoul on Thursday said Pyongyang was responsible for the March 20 computer crash.

The denial comes as tension remains high on the Korean Peninsula. U.S. and South Korean officials say North Korea appears to be preparing to test-launch a mid-range missile that could fly as far as Guam.

The North has released a chain of warlike threats since Seoul and Washington began joint military drills last month. Pyongyang is also angry over new U.N. sanctions punishing it for its Feb. 12 nuclear test.

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