U.S. intelligence says it has evidence North Korea is not the “sole entity” behind the Sony Pictures malware attack.

A source told Fox News on Friday the sophistication of the attack rules out North Korea and instead implicates Russia, China or Iran.

It is speculated the U.S. may respond to the attack by engaging in economic warfare against countries that do business with North Korea.

“Even Chinese companies operating in the country could be targeted, experts said, although sanctions against these firms could result in consequences that spill beyond the Korean peninsula,” CNBC reported on Thursday.

“The toughest option: The United States could restrict North Korea’s dollar-denominated trade by hitting Chinese banks that do business with Pyongyang — a tactic used against Iran and, less comprehensively, against Russia after its incursion into Ukraine’s Crimea region,” reports CNN.

The overblown Sony malware attack is designed to open another front in the war against Russia and China, both considered geostrategic threats by the financial elite.

“China today, because of its dynamic economic growth and its determination to pursue sovereign Chinese national interests, merely because China exists, is becoming the Pentagon new ‘enemy image,’ now replacing the false ‘enemy image’ of Islam used after September 2001 by the Bush-Cheney Administration to justify the Pentagon’s global power pursuit,” writes F. William Engdahl. “The new US military posture against China has nothing to do with any aggressive threat from the side of China. The Pentagon has decided to escalate its aggressive military posture to China merely because China has become a strong vibrant independent pole in world economics and geopolitics.”

In 2009, the Pentagon hosted a war game that included participants from Wall Street and the banking cartel in addition to members of the intelligence community. The event, held at Ft. Meade, Maryland, concentrated on “global scenarios that could shift the balance of power between the world’s leading economies,” Politico reported at the time.

The U.S. Treasury Department is also engaged planning economic war. “The United States has constructed a financial neutron bomb,” Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote in April. “The strategy relies on hegemonic control over the global banking system, buttressed by a network of allies and the reluctant acquiescence of neutral states. Let us call this the Manhattan Project of the early 21st century.”

Russia and China have responded to the prospect of economic war by forming a strategic defense alliance.

“Whether or not the Russian and Chinese leadership equate the growing war provocations with the financial and economic disintegration of the trans-Atlantic region, it is precisely that breakdown process that is driving the world toward a conflict that could escalate into a thermonuclear war of extermination,” noted EIR last November.

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