North Korea was indeed responsible for the massive hack on Sony Pictures, according to officials from within the US government. This follows on from Sony cancelling the release of The Interview amid threats of further attacks from the hackers — including threats of terrorism against cinemas if they show the movie (which lampoons the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK). While we obviously condemn the continued threats and release of private, non-newsworthy information, I would like to point out one thing: There is very little evidence that North Korea was actually behind the attack — which makes me wonder, a) Why is the US government fingering North Korea? and b) If it wasn’t North Korea, who hacked Sony Pictures?
Who framed North Korea?
From the outset, the only connection between the Sony Pictures hack and North Korea was The Interview, a comedy movie where Seth Rogen and James Franco assassinate Kim Jong-un. Now, North Korea was certainly upset about the movie — it complained about it to the UN back in July — but the hackers didn’t mention the movie at all in its original set of demands, which was emailed to Sony executives a few days before the hack went public. The famous Guardians of Peace image (below) didn’t mention the movie, either.
The hackers only latched onto The Interview after the media spent a week prognosticating over the possibility of it being the driving force behind the hack. It wasn’t until December 8, at least a week after the Sony Pictures hack went public, that the attackers started using The Interview as leverage. If you had just hacked Sony, and the world media just gave you the perfect opportunity to shift the blame onto North Korea, wouldn’t you do the same thing?