The Obama administration has accused North Korea of hacking Sony in retaliation for “The Interview,” a goofball comedy about assassinating the country’s real-life leader, but the case may be another politicized rush to judgment by the U.S. government
Sony’s networks were exposed to Russian hackers around the time of the devastating attack on its movie subsidiary last autumn, according to the cybersecurity firm Taia Global.
Workers in Russia, India and other parts of Asia were said to be targeted with spear-phishing emails containing a PDF and remote access trojan (RAT), which in turn allowed the hackers to gain access Sony Pictures Entertainment networks.
Multiple actors were involved in the attack
“The presence of Russians in an attack attributed with the highest confidence of the US intelligence community to the DPRK (North Korea) suggests that those who speculated about multiple attackers with different agendas were correct,” Taia said.
It added that regardless of who was responsible the FBI and the NSA had failed to acknowledge that multiple actors were involved in the attack, and that security companies since hired by Sony have “failed” to fix the Russian breach, which appears to still be active.
The Guardians of Peace
Many cybersecurity experts have questioned North Korea as the culprit, while a number of alleged sources from the “Guardians of Peace“, the name of the group behind the attack, have given contradictory reports to the press for the motive behind the attack.