The United States is preparing to blame North Korea for cyberattacks against Sony Corp, and it could do as soon as tomorrow, according to a tweet from CNN reporter Ram Ramgopal.
US investigators determine hackers working for N Korea were behind Sony hack; announcement could come Thurs: US law enforcement sources
— Ram Ramgopal (@RamCNN) December 17, 2014
The news comes after days of Sony adamantly claimed the show would go on for its controversial film, The Interview. But anonymous threats made to potential moviegoers this week caused Sony to delay the movie’s original Dec. 25 launch.
Those threats, and the hacks themselves, were looked into this past week by U.S. officials. That investigation seems to have led to the DPRK, which has said that The Interview — a Sony comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un — is an “act of war.”
We’ll continue to update this story as more information comes in.
Wired has published an article laying out reasons it says evidence against North Korea is “flimsy.” I’m linking it here so you can check it out. I’ve read it, and I’ll say this: the logic behind Wired’s argument is not inaccurate. It is absolutely possible for hackers to spoof their locations and make it appear that their actions or communications are coming from somewhere else. On the flip side, Wired is not privy to the U.S. intelligence that has reportedly caused security officials to point the finger at North Korea. I have a feeling we’ll learn more about what the U.S. has on the DPRK when the announcement is made, which could be tomorrow.