NSA hacked N. Korea since 2010, ‘knew’ of Sony link – secret document

New information appeared that the NSA was hacking into North Korea back in 2010. As it turns out, the White House could not have accused Pyongyang of the Sony hacks, had it not been for the spy tools already embedded in the North’s networks. The whole affair was a chain of events that started five years ago, when the United States realized the importance of keeping checks on the North Korean nuclear program, as well as monitoring for the possibility of attacks on its own facilities in South Korea and the region. This is the story according to former US government and foreign officials, as well as a number of computer experts who spoke to The New York Times. The information was also disclosed in a freshly declassified NSA document. It was a very intricate hack, as the American spies had to break into Chinese networks through which North […] Read More

These Cybersecurity Experts Still Don’t Think North Korea Hacked Sony

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters Cybersecurity experts looking at the FBI’s explanation for why North Korea was behind the Sony hack say the logic keeps coming up short, as they increasingly question whether someone else could be behind one of the worst hacks in U.S. history. These experts have called into question the timeline of the attack, aspects of the language used, and the capabilities of North Korea’s bandwidth. Some say the FBI was too quick to point the finger without looking further than the most obvious clues in the malware. “For hackers that’s just brilliant. By blaming North Korea, the hackers have a carte blanche really,” said Jeffrey Carr, founder and CEO of Taia Global, a Seattle-based company that provides cybersecurity consultations to government agencies and private companies. “I’m not aware of this ever being done before. They’ve successfully ripped apart a multinational corporation. They successfully got them to […] Read More

The Terrorist Hackers Win: Sony Pulls Release Of “The Interview” Due To Fears Of “9/11-Style Retaliation”

Update: and moments after we wrote this, Sony itself decided to cancel the release of the movie. Sony Pictures says it cancels release of ‘The Interview’ http://t.co/HTzu5s2kqE — WSJ Breaking News (@WSJbreakingnews) December 17, 2014 Straight to “must watch” Netflix it is. * * * One of the biggest conspiracy theories in recent weeks has nothing to do with the stock market and the Fed, or with HFT manipulation, or with Ukraine’s gold, or with who brought down the two Malaysian airliners, but whether the now beyond ridiculous drama surrounding Seth Rogen and James Franco’s latest movie, The Interview, which has its very own cast of C-grade characters, including an alleged furious North Korean dictator and his hacker disciples, a mega corporation whose servers were hacked releasing the content of thousands of emails into the open, and of course, delighted marketing stuiod execs, has been staged and planned from […] Read More