did north korea hack sony pictures

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There is no mistaking the national pride North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has for his country. From flexing his nuclear muscle through outrageous military parades to spectacular fabrications of grandeur that he spews to his followers Kim Jon Un certainly loves to put his pride on display for the world to see. It is also well reported that Kim is obsessed with South Korea and the United States out of absolute fear those two countries will over run North Korea. It is no wonder the guy flexes the two muscles he has to warn off the “threat” that looms over his country, cyber warfare, and nuclear weapons. It is also no wonder that a man with such insecurities like Kim Jong Un would have to retaliate against a comedic film produced by Sony Pictures set to release in the United States called “The Interview” about two guys (played by Seth Rogan and James Franco) sent to assassinate the North Korea dictator. The retaliation would go down as one of the most talked about and expensive hacks to date in the United States, the hack on Sony Pictures.

It is almost unfathomable the imagine something as silly as a comedic movie starting a conflict between nations but that is exactly what happened. In response to the movies release North Korea sent threats to the United States that if the movie were not pulled the US would pay. Of course the US balked on the threats and the movie was projected to release on Christmas Day. When the employees at Sony showed up to work and logged into their computers they where greeted with a message “Hacked by the GOP” with a giant red skeleton in the background and a paragraph saying essentially you have been warned, we have all of your data and until our request is met you will pay the price. Apparently North Korea was not taking the matter as lightly as we were here in the United States.

The hackers had spreadsheets of data about thousands of Sony’s employees including social security numbers, home addresses, even how much money their employees made including some top executives. The hackers also stole a list of Sony movies that had yet to be released including the remake of Annie which was projected to release at holiday time. With the amount of money movies bring in especially around holiday time in the country this hack and release of Annie cost Sony millions and millions of dollars, “it was a modern day jewel hist” Chris Hayes says during this interview. With their backs against the wall and millions lost Sony had no choice but to pull the plug on “The Interview”.

Perhaps the most terrifying piece in all of this was summed up in an article written by Ju-min Park and Jack Kim of Reuters.com entitled “Sony Might Have Been A Practice Run For North Korea”. The article states that the Sony hack was merely a practice run for a much larger scale attack aimed to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations more specifically the United States and South Korea. As the US continues to spend $4.3 billion a year to protect against such attacks we can only hope that such an attack will be met with a strong defense because one thing is certain Kim Jong Un will not stop until his ego is filled or his warfare is countered.

References:

Park, J and Kim J “Sony might have been a practice run for North Korea” from https://www.businessinsider.com/r-for-north-koreas-cyber-army-long-term-target-may-be-telecoms-utility-grids-2014-12 (Links to an external site.)

“Did North Korea Hack Sony Pictures” reported by Chris Myers msnbc. from youtube.com

“North Korea’s cyber capabilities” from https://www.csis.org/programs/korea-chair/korea-chair-project-archive/north-koreas-cyber-capabilities

 
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