The Guardians of Peace, the shadowy hacker group allegedly responsible for the Sony attack, will go after CNN next.
— Engadget UK (@EngadgetUK) December 31, 2014
Earlier today The Intercept cited an a joint FBI-Department of Homeland Security bulletin that said the Sony attack “may extend to other such organizations in the near future.”
According to Matthew Keys, the target identified only as USPER2 in the bulletin (Sony is mentioned as USPER1) is CNN.
Keys writes he has identified
the news organization as CNN based on copies of messages posted to Pastebin on December 20. The messages have since been removed from Pastebin.
In one message, the group mockingly praised CNN for its “investigation” into the attack on Sony’s computer network and offered a “gift” in the form of a YouTube video titled “You are an idiot.” The message closed with a demand that CNN “give us the Wolf,” a likely reference to CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer.
Although the FBI is sticking by its story that North Korea was behind the Sony attack, researchers say a Sony insider was responsible:
Report: Sony Hack Was Likely an Inside Job by Woman Named "Lena" . Does FBI need the "Jump to Conclusions" game ~ http://t.co/EcZdR2hzRl
— Jóseph Mlodzìanowskì (@cedoxX) December 31, 2014
While this is entirely possible and far more possible than the North Korea explanation, a third possibility is being ignored — that the attack was conducted by the government for the express purpose of pushing new draconian CISPA-like legislation.
“With the White House declaring the hack to be a ‘national security issue’ yesterday, numerous prominent lawmakers jumped on the issue to push a ‘zombie’ cybersecurity bill – the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act – which failed to make the Senate floor in July,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote for Infowars.com on December 19.
The law which Senator Feinstein and others in Congress have promised to revisit in the coming session is essentially a capstone for the surveillance state apparatus.
It would create an enhanced “partnership” between the state and corporations, the essence of corporatism or fascism.
“The bill would create a massive loophole in our existing privacy laws by allowing the government to ask companies for ‘voluntary’ cooperation in sharing information, including the content of our communications, for cybersecurity purposes,” the ACLU warned in June.
Collected information could then be used in criminal proceedings, creating a dangerous end-run around laws like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which contain warrant requirements.
In addition to the threats to every American’s privacy, the bill clearly targets potential government whistleblowers. Instead of limiting the use of data collection to protect against actual cybersecurity threats, the bill allows the government to use the data in the investigation and prosecution of people for economic espionage and trade secret violations, and under various provisions of the Espionage Act.