North Korea was experiencing a massive Internet outage Monday, according to tech experts who claim the duress currently being placed on the Hermit Kingdom’s network is consistent with a cyberattack. Pyongyang has denied that its agents are responsible for hacking into Sony’s email database in revenge for making The Interview. Despite North Korea’s professed innocence, President Obama has threatened measured retaliation against Kim Jong Un’s regime. A U.S. official declined to tell the Associated Press whether the U.S. is behind the attack.
Doug Madory, the director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, says a denial of service attack on North Korea may be underway. Experts are floating a number of theories, including one that says North Korea shut off its own connectivity to prevent citizens from reading about the Sony hack crisis and also to block a U.S.-based cyberattack. Another finger could be pointed at China, which grants North Korea internet access through its telecommunications network.