FBI Announces That North Korea Hacked Sony

Posted: Dec 19 2014, 1:32pm CST | by , Updated: Dec 20 2014, 9:42pm CST, in News | Technology News


FBI announces that North Korea Hacked Sony
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The FBI issued a statement today saying that North Korea is behind the hacker attack on Sony.

FBI has now issued a statement saying that they have confirmed that North Korea is behind the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Previously the FBI only stated that North Korea is a prime suspect. Now the FBI has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions. 

The FBI bases the conclusion on matching the malware code to previous North Korean attacks as well as overlap in the infrastructure used to carry out the cyber attack. The tools used in the Sony attack also have similarities to a cyber attack in March of last year against South Korean banks and media outlets, which was carried out by North Korea.

The FBI expresses its deep concern about the attack. "We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there. Further, North Korea’s attack on SPE reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States. Though the FBI has seen a wide variety and increasing number of cyber intrusions, the destructive nature of this attack, coupled with its coercive nature, sets it apart. North Korea’s actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves. Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior."

So what happens next? The FBI sets the stage with this announcement for the President of the United States to do something.

It is amazing to me that all this happened because of a super goofy comedy (The Interview) that cannot be taken seriously by any measures. 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr () is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
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