Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Interview: North Korea Hackers or Sony?

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So now we know a lot more about the Sony hack than we did a week before. Just as we thought, North Korea, aka: Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), was allegedly found to be behind the enormous hack against Sony, its executive conclave, and the corporation's general employee population.

"The FBI releases the findings of its four-week investigation into one of the most destructive cyberattacks of a company on US soil," says Seth Rosenblatt (@sethr) with c/net. "It's definitive. North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday." click here

A new message claimed that if Sony kept the movie out of public view, they would stop exposing Sony data.

"Top executives at Sony received a message from hackers saying it was a 'very wise' decision to cancel the release of 'The Interview' and ensuring the security of their data 'unless you make additional trouble.'" (click here)

And now, another message, allegedly from the DPRK hackers, allows Sony to release it!

"SAN FRANCISCO (USA TODAY) -- The people who hacked Sony have posted a message telling the studio it has "suffered enough" and can release The Interview." (click here)

I've been providing updates on the Sony hack for weeks through Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. All along I was pretty sure that the DPRK had something major to do with this, but only because of the plot of the new movie, The Interview. At the same time, on the other end of this, I began to consider the possibility that it just might not be the DPRK that's behind this diabolical act after all. But if not them, then who? Could it be Sony itself?

Let's be honest with ourselves here. No matter how you slice and dice it, Sony's going to make millions in profits over cost from this movie. I don't care how they finally release it--and release it they certain will--but everyone is going to want to see it simply to see what all the fuss was about! Be honest here, don't you feel curious at all? I'll bet you're already thinking about getting a copy.

I've bantered the pros and cons of this thought, and if it wasn't for the fact that the plot of the movie hinges on the assassination of the N. Korean leader, I might actually believe it. I'm still on the fence about this and will be until concrete evidence pops up. So far, the FBI is telling us that the hack "resembles" previous hacks conducted by DPRK hackers and they base that allegedly on the methods used. But could other expert, learned hackers simulate that previous DPRK hacks?

Of course!

So, far as Sony removing their new movie from the box office, if it was the DPRK behind it, then this action is a big mistake. But I find it difficult to see the DPRK hackers recanting their previous threats, if it really is the DPRK behind it. This is probably the biggest red flag I see flying high above this issue. What about you? What is your personal opinion? Send it along to me using one of my alternate websites: http://wmml.info/tssb/?page_id=351.

In the end analysis, the Internet is such a blessing because of all the information and interaction that we see thereon on a daily basis. But at the same time, it's such a curse. --Al Colombo


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