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Sony NOT hacked by North Korea?

The latest theory is that North Korea did NOT hack Sony. The hack was done by a disgruntled employee or ex-employee working with Russian hackers associated with piracy groups.

This makes more sense than the FBI explanation that it was North Korea. North Korea simply doesn’t have the infrastructure to do anything sophisticated like that. Hacking isn’t like building nuclear bombs, which is a long established seventy-year-old technology. The best hackers are smart nerdy teenagers with access to computers and the internet, and Korea doesn’t have a population with access to computers and the internet. You can’t hire someone who has already graduated from high school without exposure to any of that stuff, put them in a top-secret government lab, and tell them “now you’re a hacker, go hack.” It just doesn’t work like that.

North Korea officially stated that “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest.” Was North Korea right? Will Obama apologize after being likened to a monkey?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 30, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Posted in International

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  1. Kim Jong-un could have outsourced the job to well-paid Chinese or Russian hackers-for-hire. Wasn’t there an old TV show where the hero’s business card read, “Have Malware – Will Travel”? Computer security experts concede that the FBI probably has evidence it can’t disclose that fingers North Korea in the Sony hack.

    Mark Caplan

    December 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    • Kim Jong-un could have outsourced the job to well-paid Chinese or Russian hackers-for-hire.

      Hackers are the most borderless of global citizens.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      December 30, 2014 at 8:04 PM

  2. Everyone except for maybe a handful of people was certain it was NK, especially after NK threatened to reveal more stuff if the movie wasn’t stopped. Maybe it was a PR stunt that went horribly wrong. maybe an ex employee, maybe Russians, Koreans…who knows

    grey enlightenment

    December 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    • I doubt it was a PR stunt; not considering the contents of the emails that have been released. But I thought it was put out early on that the Norks couldn’t have done this themselves, they would have outsourced the job. That’s still what I tend to think, that North Korea was behind it, even if they didn’t directly do it. Otherwise, some disgruntled employee was so sure he wouldn’t be caught he made a terrorist threat.

      Mike Street Station

      December 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    • Chuck Johnson of GotNews.com called the NK claim bogus from the beginning.

      Dave Pinsen

      December 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    • Everyone except for maybe a handful of people was certain it was NK

      It’s still more likely North Korea ordered the attack whether or not the hackers were official North Korean military personnel or if they hired some nerds off the black market. If the Russian government (as opposed to freelance Russian hackers) instigated an attack, they would have gone after something more valuable than Sony’s emails and the social security numbers of drug-addled movie stars.

      Sony is a more meaningful target for North Korea than Russia: Sony is run by North Korea’s regional enemy, Japan; Sony’s movie insulted Kim Jong Un; before the attack Sony’s CEO feared how Kim might respond to the movie which indicates they got a warning ahead of time.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      December 30, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    • A disgruntled employee is the second most likely suspect behind NK, although how would an employee be able to camouflage their tracks to make it look like the hack at least partially came from North Korean internet routers?

      The Undiscovered Jew

      December 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM

  3. The main perpetrator is likely a disgruntled Asian Male, since this movie ridicules one of them.

    JS

    December 30, 2014 at 1:12 PM

  4. “Will Obama apologize after being likened to a monkey?”

    ha! great phrase.

    rivelino

    December 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

  5. “You can’t hire someone who has already graduated from high school without exposure to any of that stuff, put them in a top-secret government lab, and tell them “now you’re a hacker, go hack.” It just doesn’t work like that.”

    Actually there was as an NPR bit on a few weeks ago describing JUST that situation in the US Army cyberwarfare units.

    All the people interviewed were young NAMs who had never used computers and had joined cyberwarfare for dumb reasons like “It was the only one available and I wanted to leave home right now.”

    There really is no strong defining line between real life and fiction. Could I have made this story up? Maybe.

    jjbees

    December 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

  6. The best hackers aren’t teenagers. Think of nerds as the pool of potential kids who want to play college/Pro sports. Some are teen hackers but most valuable are the nerds who like computer programming and have degrees in pure maths but haven’t done much/any illegal activity. High end security agencies recruit from this pool and provide training and resources only governments possess.

    Snorlock

    December 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    • High end security agencies recruit from this pool and provide training and resources only governments possess.

      Not only government agencies.

      Corporations pay top dollar for hackers to attack and identify weaknesses in their own cybersecurity systems. The risk for the business is if they contract with a hacker who’s crazy, they’ve given him advanced insight into their defenses.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      December 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      • Yes but the NSA budget for this is 10-100x larger than even the largest corporations, the NSA also can and does stop publication of new crypto research, embeds people inside corporations, requires security companies to provide crypto keys etc. In the field it’s commonly assumed that the NSA is at least ten years ahead of everyone else. On the other hand corporate work pays better.

        Snorlock

        December 31, 2014 at 6:02 AM

      • Is your name related to “Snorlax”?

        Latias

        January 1, 2015 at 12:46 AM

      • Yes but the NSA budget for this is 10-100x larger than even the largest corporations,

        Collective spending by corporate America on IT security could be larger than NSA. And as you mentioned, it’s harder for government to keep the best talent for long because the private sector offers better conditions.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 1, 2015 at 2:50 PM


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