December 26, 2014 2:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]It wasn’t North Korea that hacked Sony, says Marc Rogers at The Daily Beast, but rather the work of a disgruntled former employee.

I may be biased, but, as the director of security operations for DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker conference, and the principal security researcher for the world’s leading mobile security company, Cloudflare, I think I am worth hearing out…

The first piece of evidence described in the FBI bulletin refers to the malware found while examining the Sony Picture’s network after the hack…

This may be the case—but it is not remotely plausible evidence that this attack was therefore orchestrated by North Korea.

What they are saying is that the Internet addresses found after the Sony Picture attack are “known” addresses that had previously been used by North Korea in other cyberattacks.

To cyber security experts, the naivety of this statement beggars belief. Note to the FBI: Just because a system with a particular IP address was used for cybercrime doesn’t mean that from now on every time you see that IP address you can link it to cybercrime. Plus, while sometimes IPs can be “permanent”, at other times IPs last just a few seconds.

It isn’t the IP address that the FBI should be paying attention to. Rather it’s the server or service that’s behind it.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

30 responses to Expert: Sony Hack Most Likely An Inside Job

  1. Guy Lauten December 26th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I think the whole thing was a put-up job by Franco and friends to boost ticket sales for what they knew to be a dud of a movie.

    • StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      If what you are suggesting is true..
      Then Franco and Rogen are guilty of a multitude of serious crimes..
      I doubt the two have the capability, or would go that far to promote this film and risk prison time..(or ever having Sony’s financial backing for another of their mediocre films).

      • Guy Lauten December 26th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

        I dunno. First someone would have to be caught, which is looking less and less likely. I daresay James Franco can buy a lot of plausible deniability and friends with all sorts of capabilities. Anyway around the whole thing is awfully convenient for ticket sales.

        • StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

          I understand your suspicions…
          And I dig your Zappa, (Mothers of Invention) avatar~!

          • Guy Lauten December 26th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

            great story how Frank brought an old mag to Neon, showed him the cover and an ad, and there it was. Good fun was had by all, I’m sure.

          • StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

            Love the back story~!
            And the images~!

        • StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

          My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama..

        • ChrisVosburg December 26th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

          I’m reminded that the New Coke fiasco was awfully convenient for Coca-Cola sales (when they reintroduced the product they’d discontinued in favor of New Coke), and to be sure there were those who believed that Coca-Cola had orchestrated the whole thing to stop Pepsi’s gain on market share by appealing to, you might say, the same thing Sony did. “America Fuck Yeah.”

          And it supposedly worked. The hundred-year advertising history of the original Coca-Cola flagship product was so inextricably entwined with America itself in the Nation’s mind that it became an act of patriotism to buy it, which Coca-Cola was only too glad to ride all the way to the bank, as it regained the market share it had lost to Pepsi.

          Me, I said at the time of New Coke, “it just doesn’t have that good old battery-acid zing.”

    • StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      What ticket sales?..
      The movie has only been released in around 200 theaters..
      If Franco and Rogen had designed this, it sure backfired on them..;)

      Youtube is showing it for 6 dollars a pop..(not sure what percentage Franco and Rogen get after Sony’s cut)

    • ChrisVosburg December 26th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Seeing the exit interviews yesterday of customers coming out of theaters repeating that they went to see the movie based on a number of variations of “America Fuck Yeah,” it’s tempting to go with this trutheristic explanation, isn’t it?

      But no, it’s ridiculous.

  2. ChrisVosburg December 26th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Rogers’ piece is a good one, and bless him for laying it out in clear explanatory language for the non-tech. I gotta admit this makes a hell of a lot more sense than the explanation proffered by the FBI.

  3. StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I think I can save us all the cost of a ticket…
    here are all the good parts of the movie..:)

    • edmeyer_able December 26th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Wouldn’t watch it if was free and they served beer. The list of movies I can’t bring myself to watch is pretty long, tried to watch A Night At the Museum just the other day got through about 15 min.

      • StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

        That was on TV here to..
        You saw more of it than I did~!

        • edmeyer_able December 26th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

          Was it on FX?

          • StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

            May have been FX..
            I wasn’t paying attention…
            I had Ben Stiller overload years ago..;)
            I still like his dad, Jerry Stiller~!

    • ChrisVosburg December 26th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      So it shouldn’t be a complete loss, reviewers gave Randall Park’s work as Kim Jong-Un some nice notices.

      But yeah, good grief, and jeez, right outta the gate they can’t resist a “ching chong” clunker (going with “Dong” doesn’t make it any less antique).

  4. Chinese Democracy December 26th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    we retaliated by taking out North Koreas internet… that consisted of a 1997 webTV

    • StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      And we will do it again if provoked~!

    • StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      For two hours…

  5. tiredoftea December 26th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Somewhere I read that we spend billions, billions mind you, on cyber warfare to counter state hackers. This is what we get for our money, an FBI report that can’t even tell the difference from North Korea hacking with a Commodore 64 over a 64Kb modem and something more plausible like an inside job?

    • edmeyer_able December 26th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      A disgruntled employee was one of the 1st reports that I remember reading about.

      • Coprolite December 26th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

        a disgruntled employee of the N Korean government?

  6. StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Pineapple Express and Knocked Up were much better movies.

  7. granpa.usthai December 26th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    OK – so now what’s our next move? We take down our ‘cardboard’ guards from the 38th and move in real military, or continue to let DPRK spend all their GNP on protecting their people from paper cutouts?

    oopsie. Nobody in LL is gonna release that info are they?

  8. Obewon December 26th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    “the FBI bulletin refers to the malware”-That is identical to North Korea’s proven Saudi Arabian 2012 attack malware, code & cryptography specifics. Most could care less who Marc Rogers at The Daily Beast is. Cyber encryption expertise requires real (not theoretical) Industry experts e.g. TechTarget’s SearchSecurity