Today the U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce charges against Pak Jin Hyok, an alleged North Korean spy, in the 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack. Pak is part of North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, a military intelligence group.
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It's been a little over two months since the Sony hack first rocked the world of the tens of thousands of employees who had their passwords and social security numbers (among other sensitive bits of info) exposed. But despite what some of the more imaginative amongst us might hope, it turns out that the reality of one of the most high-profile hacks in history isn't all that glamorous. In fact, it sounds more like just another Tuesday in the back room of a tech support office.
That hackers really messed up Sony's shit is indisputable, but how they did it (and also who they were) is still up in the air. A Recode report sheds some light on the former, though; access was apparently gained through a Zero Day vulnerability, a previously unknown hole that could very well have been for sale on the black market.
When the FBI blamed North Korea for the Sony Pictures hacks, some wondered how that finding had been made so quickly. Now, new interviews and documents reveal that the NSA had tapped into North Korean networks years before the attacks and saw indications that such an attack may be imminent.
FBI director James Comey just explained new details of the Sony hack at a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in New York City. "Several times they got sloppy," he
told the audience, referring to the hackers. In more technical terms, the hackers revealed IP addresses in North Korea that they "exclusively used." That's how the FBI knows it was North Korea -- or so says the director.
Sony CEO Kaz Hirai started off his CES keynote by addressing the elephant in the room: how Sony is holding up after the giant hack that brought the company to its knees. "We were the victim of one of the most vicious and malicious cyberattacks in history," he said, but was classy enough not to dwell on that point. He had a different message to share.
Just a few days ago, the White House hit North Korea with tightened (and fairly meaningless) sanctions as the first part of its multi-step Sony hack retaliation plan. In response, North Korea wants you to know that it is pissed.
According to an official FBI bulletin obtained by The Intercept, the same hackers who broke into Sony Pictures and stole a devastating amount of data made threats against an American "news media organisation" as well. (It's probably CNN.) The bulletin also warns that the attacks "may extend to other such organisations in the near future."
The Sony hack is a terrible, awful thing that's going to leave thousands of everyday employees dealing with the repercussions for years to come. But! At least there's a crazy, ranting, sheeple-slaying silver lining. Friends, allow us to introduce you to the Sony hack truthers. There are a lot of them.
Just this past Friday, North Korea's already shaky internet access started to crumble. Over the weekend, things just got worse, and by yesterday morning, the country was in a state of total blackout. Considering that the U.S. just officially blamed North Korea for the Sony hack, and that the U.S. asked China for help in bringing North Korea down, and that North Korea has shoddy internet access in the first place -- who's to blame?