The Administration is blaming North Korea because it wants an excuse to sanction them.
Here is the story from BBC: “Sony cyber-attack: North Korea faces new US sanctions.”
President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday allowing sanctions on three North Korean organisations and 10 individuals.
The White House said the move was a response to North Korea’s “provocative, destabilising, and repressive actions”.
US sanctions are already in place over North Korea’s nuclear programme.
But Friday’s actions are believed to be the first time the US has moved to punish any country for cyber-attacks on a US company.
Among those named in the sanctions were:
- The Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea’s primary intelligence organisation.
- North Korea’s primary arms dealer, the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation (Komid).
- Korea Tangun Trading Corporation, which supports North Korea’s defence research.
- Jang Song Chol: Named by the US Treasury as a Komid representative in Russia and a government official.
- Kim Yong Chol: An official of the North Korean government, according to the US, and a Komid representative in Iran.
- Ryu Jin and Kang Ryong: Komid officials and members of the North Korean government who are operating in Syria, according to the US.
White House officials told reporters the move was in response to the Sony hack, but the targets of the sanctions were not directly involved.
Dig deeper into these new sanctions and you will likely find some major Obama supporters who will benefit—financially and perhaps otherwise—from these actions. This helps things become a bit clearer as to why the FBI is holding fast to their now severely doubtful story that North Korea was behind the Sony attacks.
For background on why we should likely blame “Lena” rather than Kim see this story from Business Insider: “A Bunch Of New Evidence In The Sony Hack Is Pointing Away From North Korea.”
Security Ledger reports that Norse investigated a Sony employee known only as “Lena,” viewing messages that she posted on social media and group chats. She worked at Sony for over a decade, performing an IT role with a “very technical background.”
The messages posted online by Lena suggest that she was angry with Sony Pictures, as she complained about layoffs and the company, chatting online with hackers and “hacktivist” campaigners with knowledge of hacking.
Even more evidence suggests that an insider may have used a USB stick or hard drive to steal data from Sony’s servers and that the messages posted by the Guardians of Peace hacker group originate from Russia, not North Korea.
A former federal prosecutor has also cast doubt on the FBI’s assertion that North Korea was involved with the Sony hack. Mark Rasch of Rasch Technology and Cyberlaw says the claim that North Korea was behind the hack is “doubtful” and that the attack seemed to be carried out by someone with close knowledge of how Hollywood works, leaking only data that was embarrassing to Sony executives.
It’s the first Gruberism of 2015! A convenient lie to achieve a desired end.