LONDON (AP) — North Korea's Internet service -- what there is of it -- has suffered at least seven outages in the last 48 hours, according to one monitor of Web traffic.
Some are talking about the possibility of a retaliatory cyber-attack by the United States, which holds the North responsible for the hacking attack on Sony Pictures.
But security experts say even amateurs -- or a simple glitch -- could have brought down North Korea's Internet service.
One security researcher in California says you'd find more Internet Protocol addresses on a large city block in New York or London than you would in all of North Korea. Ofer Gayer says "any kid" who knows how to run a small amplification attack "can do it from his home."
Security expert Bruce Schneider says in a blog post that the attack against Sony and the shutdown in North Korea shows how "technology is equalizing capability." He says, "We can't tell the difference between a couple of hackers and a government."