Who Hacked Sony?
On December 19th FBI announced that they have enough information to decide that the North Korean government is behind the great Sony Pictures hack of 2014. However, FBI in order to protect its sensitive sources and methods didn’t share all the information regarding the hack. Later, American President Barack Obama also confirmed the North Korean involvement in the hack. But, in the recent days various range of theories are being introduced (some looks absurd and some plausible) that makes us question the FBI and President’s statement.
Mr. Marc Rogers, senior principal researcher for one of world’s leading mobile security company, Cloudfare has deconstructed FBI’s statement stating that their conclusion based on the given evidences is very weak. He was skeptical over the evidence of malware and the IP addresses. Many in the cyber intelligence community have also raised eyebrows over the way FBI has solved the origin of hack within a short period. They believe there is a hidden agenda behind such ‘blame-it-on-North Korea’ statements.
It is also said that many evidences point out that the hack is the job of a laid-off, disgruntled Sony employee (or a group). Even when the Sony Hack hit the headlines, the North Korean government denied its involvement. Majority of American media have cited one of the main reasons behind the hack is the anti-North Korea stance of Sony’s movie “The Interview”. But, it is now pointed out that the hackers never mentioned any thing about the movie in their initial campaigns. Only when speculating media brought up “The Interview”, the hackers took the opportunity of using the banner “North Korea”.
Many cyber security analysts say that by blaming the hack on external sources, the US government could perfectly bring up new and stronger cyber-security laws. The US authorities would coin scary terms like ‘Cyber Terrorism’ and those in powers could move forward their own agenda. The outraged general public would whole-heartedly stand behind such laws. While it is true that Kim-Jong Un’s regime is carrying on worst human-right abuses, calling out the nation on a immense cyber crime looks like the text book false flag operation that only American government could come up with.
Amidst all these claims and statements, “The Interview” was turned into a campaign for American patriotism by the media. In the rest of the world, the movie induced certain hype over the content. The film released on many Independent theaters in US and millions of torrent downloads (it’s called as ‘piracy’) have also gone down. However, as expected, the movie turned out to be bad. The Interview is the regular Seth Rogen movie with the usual dose (or over-dose) of crude scatological and sexual comedy.
In fact, after watching the movie one would feel that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have portrayed Americans in a more contemptible manner than Kim Jong Un. Considering the wide range of atrocities the North Korean regime is perpetrating, Kim is shown in a sympathetic manner. But, the two primary American characters come off as narcissistic idiots. The narrative plays more like an average sitcom. If not for the threats and hack, Sony couldn’t have created any buzz for the movie.