FBI: North Korea is responsible for ‘destructive’ Sony hack – update




North Korea is almost certainly behind the massive hack at Sony Pictures. So says the FBI Friday in a statement. The service relies in particular on an analysis of the malware, which has similarities with other Korean code.

Hacker Sony switched the FBI immediately after the hack in its internal systems found . In addition, attackers made computers thousands of employees inaccessible by erasing data. Moreover, steel and they published the data of 47,000 Sony employees and former employees, including salary data.

The FBI did with other services investigating the hack. The service performed include a technical analysis of the malware. It emerged that the malware code contains the same rules as other software, which used North Korea earlier. In addition, the FBI discovered that the malware uses the same infrastructure that were previously used in Korean attacks. Thus, the IP addresses in the code match Korean addresses, according to the service.

Further used the attackers, according to the FBI the same tools as the criminals who were involved earlier this year after a massive hacking operation in South Korea. Thereby put it through malware computer systems at banks and TV stations in the country flat. At the time, accused several countries even North Korea, but there were no signs when pointing it.

The FBI says very apprehensive about the “devastating attack” on the private sector and the employees who work there. Moreover, the attack by North Korea on Sony would emphasize that cybercrime is one of the biggest national threats to the United States. “Such intimidation beyond acceptable behavior,” says the service.

The accusation of Americans is remarkable, because North Korea in an official statement said to know nothing of the attack. One of the theories was that the country soon after the attack was in revenge for the comedy The Interview that Sony made ​​about the liquidation of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The release of that film blew Sony already off because of the cyber attack.

Update, 21:40 am – President Barack Obama made ​​during a press conference Friday that the United States attack ‘proportional’ will answer. How and when that happens, the country determines what concerns him at an appropriate time.


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