December 19, 2014 12:00 pm -

The FBI has formally stated that North Korea is behind the hacking of Sony.


“As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,” a FBI statement said.

“While the need to protect sensitive sources and methods precludes us from sharing all of this information, our conclusion is based, in part, on similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks.”

“We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there,” the FBI said in the brief statement.

“Further, North Korea’s attack on SPE (Sony Pictures Entertainment) reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States.”

The FBI said that while it has seen a rising number of cyber breaches, “the destructive nature of this attack, coupled with its coercive nature, sets it apart.”[su_csky_ad]

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8 responses to FBI Confirms North Korea Behind Sony Hacking

  1. Red Eye Robot December 19th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Maybe Obama should normalize relations with North Korea like we did with Cuba.

    • OldLefty December 19th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Maybe those who don’t know the difference should read up.

    • William December 19th, 2014 at 1:47 pm


  2. fahvel December 19th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    wow, sony, a private company producing a mediocre product, insults a really mean guy and then gets upset when mean guy strikes back – what is the point to this entire story other than to foster a new fear of super cyber attacks?

  3. anothertoothpick December 19th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Mrs. Murphy: What did you learn in school today?

    Dade Murphy: Revenge.

  4. mea_mark December 19th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Cyber attacks have to come from somewhere. Where are the computers, the servers, the people doing the hacking? If we can’t stop the cyber attack, then we need to destroy the machines being used or cut the internet lines coming out of North Korea. North Korea does not dictate to the US about what we can and can not say.

  5. Bunya December 19th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Maybe this is a PR stunt? I mean, all this coverage is bound to send folks rushing to the theaters once the movie’s released (as I’m sure it eventually will).

  6. ChrisVosburg December 19th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I’m not at all comfortable with the FBI’s conclusion that the North Korean government is behind this, mostly because the evidence they’ve given is so flimsy. Frankly, I can’t see a nation-state indulging in the skull and bones graphics and schoolboy taunts of what looks an awful lot to me like hacktivists of the Anonymous genre, with a side order of just general mischief, or someone with a personal grudge against Sony.

    ‘Course NK could have picked up on the hacks and ran with a bit of posturing about it, which is more North Korea’s style– the usual claptrap about “swift and resolute retribution,” etc.