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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea denies hacking into Sony—don't trust the FBI

A lot of my friends keep asking me “don’t you think it is possible that Democratic People's Republic of North Korea is lying when they said they aren’t behind the hacking of Sony?” —Even if they are—I'm not taking the FBI's word for it. I  REALLY don’t trust the FBI. They have lied before and they will lie again.
So far their evidence that DPR North Korea is behind the attack sound flimsy.
According to USAToday:
"The FBI confirmed Friday that North Korea was behind the cyberattacks on Sony Pictures.
"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,'' an FBI statement said."
The evidence they present publically is flimsy. It would not stand up in a standard US court of law. For example (from USA Today:
"In addition to the coding similarities, the FBI said it had found other evidence of North Korea's involvement, including the discovery of several Internet addresses "associated with known North Korean infrastructure communicated with IP addresses that were hard-coded into the data deletion malware used in this attack."
Also, the FBI found that tools used in the Sony attack were similar to an attack launched last March against South Korean banks and media outlets carried out by North Korea."
As usual they have also claimed to have sensitive evidence they can't release due to being classified.
..."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," the FBI said in a brief statement."
This is another example of a US official agency asking us to "trust them."
And that is the hard part because overall I don't trust them at all.
DPR North Korea has denied that they have had anything to do with this hacking. According to Yahoo News:
"We propose to conduct a joint investigation with the U.S. in response to groundless slander being perpetrated by the U.S. by mobilizing public opinion," the North Korean spokesman was cited as saying by KCNA.
The worst part of all of this is the question of what our president will do in retaliation.
"We will respond," (Prez. Barack) Obama told an end-of-year news conference. "We'll respond proportionally, and we'll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose." - Reuters.
And now we have to guess what kind of stupid stunt or vicious attack this country is planning in or against DPR North Korea. So far we have just heard of more sanctions-which means little to a country already blocked in with US sanctions. But things can get worse. These kinds of scenarios are what this country usually uses to launch new wars against small countries. It seems unlikely Obama will start an actual war, but we can expect some kind of destructive and reckless action in the weeks or months to come.


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