Now this would make for a great movie (certainly better than “The Interview”). Here’s the plot. A reportedly awful movie is produced by Sony with little expected success. Then the company is hacked with threats not to release the movie. All fingers are pointed at North Korea, including statements from the White House and the FBI. There are widespread reports of the U.S. shutting down the North Korean Internet in retaliation. However, the real culprits are actually laid-off Sony staff. In the meantime, the suppressed movie racks in millions as viewers (including my kids last night) rush to see the forbidden movie. Now that’s a movie plot. It is not clear however if it should be fiction or non-fiction. Media is reporting that experts believe that North Korea was in fact innocent of the hacking and that the culprits were former employees of that other hermit kingdom, Sony.
Obama Vows a Response to Cyberattack on Sony
WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Friday that the United States “will respond proportionally” against North Korea for its destructive cyber attacks on Sony Pictures, but he criticized the Hollywood studio for giving in to intimidation when it withdrew “The Interview,” the satirical movie that provoked the attacks, before it opened.
Deliberately avoiding specific discussion of what kind of steps he was planning against the reclusive nuclear-armed state, Mr. Obama said that the response would come “in a place and time and manner that we choose.” Speaking at a White House news conference before leaving for Hawaii for a two-week vacation, he said American officials “have been working up a range of options” that he said have not yet been presented to him.
Besides being simply embarrassing for the US and the Presidency,there are so many arrogant, narcissistic ideas presented here that this little speech alone could take a whole semester in psychoanalysis. Yes, Mr. President, Sony is a private corporation and the idea that they “should have spoken to you first” is about as obnoxious a statement as I have heard from this dangerously sociopathic “leader of the (less and less) “free” world” at least in a few days. But then, he is on his Hawaiian family vacation costing the taxpayers gobs of money, disrupting weddings and living like the royalty he and his equally odious wife have become accustomed to.
Obama Calls Sony Decision a ‘Mistake’
Experts Are Still Divided on Whether North Korea Is Behind Sony Attack | WIRED
The FBI announcement last week that it had uncovered evidence in the Sony hack pointing to North Korea appears to have settled the issue for a lot of people—in Washington, DC.
“As a result of our investigation,” the FBI announced, “and in close collaboration with other U.S. government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions.”
But many on the West Coast, and beyond, are still skeptical of the evidence and the FBI’s claims. The announcement, after all, comes a mere three weeks into the investigation, and reverses a statement FBI Director James Comey had made just the week before that investigators had found nothing so far to tie the hack to the North Korean government. “Before we attribute a particular action to a particular actor,” he said, “we like to sort the evidence in a very careful way to arrive at a level of confidence that we think justifies saying ‘Joe did it’ or ‘Sally did it,’ and we’re not at that point yet.”
The FBI attributed the Sony hack to North Korea in part because it shares some code and components with hacks that were conducted in South Korea in 2013, which some have attributed to North Korea. They also cite as evidence the fact that IP addresses associated with North Korea contacted some of the command-and-control servers the Sony hackers used to communicate with malware on the Sony machines. Skeptics criticized the evidence saying it was inconclusive and failed to make the FBI’s case. The agency, however, maintains that it has other evidence it can’t disclose, raising questions about whether signals intelligence collected by NSA surveillance might have been used. Separately, a private security firm with ties to the FBI says it has additional clues that point to North Korea.
Let’s unpack these details.