By John Cardillo and Charles C. Johnson
Hemanshu Nigam, a former federal prosecutor and former chief security officer for NewsCorp/Fox studios, says North Korea isn’t behind the Sony Hack.
Nigam gave several bullet points for why the hack was likely an inside job.
- Attack code borrowed from a previous attack on Seoul, that’s why it’s in Korean. Private hackers typically borrow malicious code from other hackers.
- Nations state attacks follow specific war protocols when hacking. Those protocols were not followed here.
- Hackers never mentioned movie or N. Koreans when they first contacted Sony execs. It was all about money and retribution.
- Only after media called out N. Korea and speculated the hack was retaliation for The Interview, did hackers even begin discussing that.
- Hackers are simply agreeing with media’s version
- They’re reading and acting out script media is writing for them, and mocking media in the process.
Gotnews.com contributing researcher Jonathan Langdale also doubts the North Korean involvement.
— Jonathan Langdale 💭 (@jlangdale) December 18, 2014
“Also note, the Thumbs.db were not removed. They were just published. It would have been easy for any scripter to delete them,” writes Langdale. “And if an employee can be traced to this, then perhaps the employee suits have more leverage. It just all goes back to bad internal security. They put all their eggs into their firewall, etc.”