Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sony Pulls " The Interview " ( December 17 , 2014 ) -- North Korea and obvious proper villain but is that a correct assumption ? However if we accuse North Korea of cyber crime attack on Sony and the US has already defined cyber crime as an act of war , should we attack North Korea or at a minimum demand they compensate Sony for their provable losses ?

Updates 12/21/14....

N. Korea threatens ultra-harsh action on U.S. soil over hacking allegation

Obama: North Korea hack on Sony Pictures was not an act of war

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DOJ argued in court (Oct 2014) that hacking a foreign country is not a U.S. crime.

Updates 12/20 ......

North Korea Hacked Sony? Don't Believe It, Experts Say

The Sony Hack: What if It Isn't North Korea?

Cyber-Security Expert: North Korea Probably Not Behind Sony Hack

will cooperate with US over alleged Sony cyberattack by

North Korea demands joint probe over hacking

Hackers to Sony: We'll stand down if you never release the movie via G.O.P rubbing Sony's nose in it now,


will respond to Sony cyberattack by proportionally and at time of our choosing - Obama

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The Interview Is "Desperately Unfunny", "Will Flop" If Not Cancelled According To Leaked Sony Emails Very strange

. reports the latest details on what the U.S. knows about the Sony hack attack:

Original Tweets and items .....

Cyber attacks = Acts of War

  • Pentagon: Online Cyber Attacks Can Count as Acts of War
    The Wall Street Journal
    ... coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force.

  • Sony Hack Should Be Considered An Act Of War - Business ...

    Business Insider
    2 days ago - A top cyber expert says we should label the group behind the attack as ... the US has officially considered acts of terrorism to be acts of war.

  • When is a cyberattack an act of war? - The Washington Post

    The Washington Post
    Oct 26, 2012 - We all know what an act of war looks like on land or sea, and by evoking two of ... Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor was a direct assault on a U.S. military installation. ... Panetta, in his speech, said, “If a crippling cyberattack were ...

  • The White House and Pentagon Deem Cyber-Attacks "An ...

    Jun 5, 2012 - Needless to say, if any cyber-attack is directed at the U.S. –rather than by ... that any cyberattack on the U.S. would be deemed “an act of war.”.

  • North Korea refuses to deny Sony Pictures cyber-attack

    British Broadcasting Corporation
    Dec 2, 2014 - North Korea described the film as an act of war and an "undisguised sponsoring ... Alastair Leithead says N Korea is furious about the new film ... other USbusinesses that unknown hackers have launched a cyber-attack with ...

  • Pentagon: Cyber Attacks Are Acts of War - The Wire

    May 31, 2011 - The U.S. military may respond to attacks with conventional military ... For the first time, the Pentagon has decided that cyber attacks constitute an act of war ... While some say the policy is in keeping with the times, others worry ...

  • With the view of cyber attacks in place - As Acts of War , let's proceed.

    ": FBI warned theaters of potential attacks over "The Interview" "

    BREAKING: Sony pulls ‘The Interview’ from theaters

    Full breadth of the Sony hack (ALL their emails, all their hard drive working files) is unheard of in modern corporate .

    Sony Pictures hack:

    The Cyber-Terrorists Have Won: Sony yanks "The Interview" from theaters, sets dangerous precedent

    BREAKING: U.S. determines North Korea was "centrally involved" in the Sony hack

    Here's how the US government could respond now that it thinks North Korea is involved.

    The U.S. Says North Korea Ordered The Sony Hack. How Do We Respond?

    Sony could lose $100 million by pulling "The Interview"

    Could North Korea really pull off the Sony hack? An ex-Anonymous hacker is skeptical.
    ( snippet - full article at link .. ) 

    Hemanshu Nigam, a former federal prosecutor and former chief security officer for 

    NewsCorp/Fox studios, says North Korea isn’t behind the Sony Hack.


    Though she’s quite attractive, it wasn’t her or her compatriots.

    Nigam gave several bullet points for why the hack was likely an inside job.

    • Attack code borrowed from a previous attack on Seoul, that’s why it’s in Korean. Private hackers typically borrow malicious code from other hackers.
    • Nations state attacks follow specific war protocols when hacking. Those protocols were not followed here.
    • Hackers never mentioned movie or N. Koreans when they first contacted Sony execs. It was all about money and retribution.
    • Only after media called out N. Korea and speculated the hack was retaliation for The Interview, did hackers even begin discussing that.
    • Hackers are simply agreeing with media’s version
    • They’re reading and acting out script media is writing for them, and mocking media in the process.


    ( some snippets.... hit the link for the entire article - pro and con points of view as to whether Hermit Kingdom behind the hack ) 

    Today Sony canceled the premiere of “The Interview” and its entire Christmas-Day release of the movie because of fears that terrorists might attack theaters showing the film.
    The actions show just how much power the attackers behind the Sony hack have amassed in a short time. But who exactly are they?
    1 The New York Times reported this evening that North Korea is “centrally involved” in the hack, citing unnamed U.S. intelligence officials. It’s unclear from the Times report what “centrally involved” means and whether the intelligence officials are saying the hackers were state-sponsored or actually agents of the state. The Times also notes that “It is not clear how the United States came to its determination that the North Korean regime played a central role in the Sony attacks.” The public evidence pointing at the Hermit Kingdom is flimsy.
    Other theories of attribution focus on hacktivists—motivated by ideology, politics or something else—or disgruntled insiders who stole the data on their own or assisted outsiders in gaining access to it. Recently, the finger has pointed at China.
    In the service of unraveling the attribution mess, we examined the known evidence for and against North Korea.


    Sony and FBI Deny Connection to North Korea

    First of all, Sony and the FBI have announced that they’ve found no evidence so far to tie North Korea to the attack2 New reports, however, indicate that intelligence officials who are not permitted to speak on the record have concluded that the North Koreans are behind the hack. But they have provided no evidence to support this and without knowing even what agency the officials belong to, it’s difficult to know what to make of the claim. And we should point out that intelligence agencies and government officials have jumped to hasty conclusions or misled the public in the past because it was politically expedient.
    Nation-state attacks aren’t generally as noisy, or announce themselves with an image of a blazing skeleton posted to infected computers, as occurred in the Sony hack. Nor do they use a catchy nom-de-hack like Guardians of Peace to identify themselves. Nation-state attackers also generally don’t chastise their victims for having poor security, as purported members of GOP have done in media interviews. Nor do such attacks involve posts of stolen data to Pastebin—the unofficial cloud repository of hackers—where sensitive company files belonging to Sony have been leaked. These are all hallmarks of hacktivists—groups like Anonymous and LulzSec, who thrive on targeting large corporations for ideological reasons or just the Lulz, or by hackers sympathetic to a political cause.
    Despite all of this, media outlets won’t let the North Korea narrative go and don’t seem to want to consider other options. If there’s anything years of Law and Orderreruns should tell us, it’s that focusing on a single suspect can lead to exclusionary bias where clues that contradict the favored theory get ignored.


    White House National Security Council on Sony hack and North Korea.
    TL;DR: big nothingburger.


    I didn't make these two animals fuck each other behind Kim Jong Un, but I wish I had: