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originally posted by: liteonit6969
a reply to: Subaeruginosa
This hacking thing is a joke and as i called it earlier the US have came out saying they will not have a joint investigation and are 100% certain it was them. Show the world the proof to end all speculation.....oh that's right, these people are above the law and do not represent the public.
originally posted by: everyone
originally posted by: tsurfer2000h
a reply to: IkNOwSTuff
NK Denies Involvement in Sony Hack
Would you actually expect them to admit to it?
Of course what else would be the point?
Its almost as strange as when Osama denied having anything to do with 9/11.
originally posted by: IkNOwSTuff
I dont recall anything similar happening when Team America or the James Bond film about NK came out so I cant see them having an issue now.
Check out the article
NK Denies Involvement in Sony Hack
what say you ATS?
originally posted by: UnmitigatedDisaster
I can't help but chuckle that people think North Korea could be directly responsible for this. Myself and many friends and colleagues in IT and net security almost immediately texted or emailed each other postulating it wasn't North Korea, and generally getting a cheap laugh out of some of the assumptions flying around. Who knows, you might get a laugh out of ours, which goes as roughly follows:
North Korea just doesn't have the technical expertise to directly institute a real penetration attack with data extraction. You seriously think a country that only has a handful of people allowed to view the internet, let alone an uncensored one, secretly has a cyber attack team? You don't create good hackers from a censored internet. Definitely at least not as heavily censored as North Korea's. They wouldn't let that group have unfettered access to the internet, it would undo their control regime. Sure they could be under threat of death, but even then they would be leagues behind the games of interwebz from the get go.
Politically North Korea has nothing to gain from stopping The Interview's premiere. Oh, yes absolutely Kim Jong Un would not like to see a movie about him being assassinated come out. It's definitely an insult to him and his country, and worse yet it's for the sake of comedy. However - North Korea spends a large amount of it's time twisting American media and reporting and showing it to their countrymen as indications of Imperialist attacks on their country's honor. Now a movie comes out that plays perfectly into their media spin? A movie they can claim 100% real and, somewhat, understandable international outrage to? Why would they squelch that, even if they could? It be the first real leg they had to stand on for a long time.
The knowledge used to initiate the hack was also something gained in ways that North Korea does not, and has not ever, shown the capacity to have: inside sources and/or agents of some kind in the outside corporate world. Could they have bought it? Yes, sure - but it would have cost a fair bit; and this is from a country with a yearly output of less than two billion dollars.
Multiple security experts, far smarter than myself and more experienced than most of our group, are also bringing up the unlikeliness of North Korea initiating this. From artificial Konglish to source of the vulnerability exploited there isn't anything that is really been seen as something North Korea has.
So who could it be then? Honestly I'd suspect a group from the U.S. or Europe if anything. If you -really- wanted to point a finger on an actual government - China is most likely, as they employ censorship at home and I could imagine would love knowing they secretly forced America to (temporarily now) censor itself. They also have ties to North Korea politically and economically, so there's your joint reason; but I still don't think it was actually a government initiated hack.