FBI Still Standing By Its 'North Korea Did It!' Claims On The Sony Hack
from the still-pretty-sure dept
After the FBI formally named North Korea as being behind the Sony Hack, a lot of people in the cybersecurity community explained why they didn’t find the evidence at all compelling. There was pretty widespread disbelief in the story — though most admitted that it was possible that the FBI had additional evidence it wasn’t sharing. In the past few days, a lot of attention has been paid to a theory coming out of Norse Security, that the attack really came from a group of people (not associated with North Korea) including, in particular, a disgruntled ex-Sony employee. On Monday, the FBI met with Norse to hear what the company had to say, but apparently came away unconvinced. The FBI continues to stand by its assertion that North Korea did it.
Asked about the meeting and criticism on Monday, the FBI declined to comment beyond a prepared statement that they are confident the North Koreans are behind the crippling Thanksgiving attack and there is “no credible information” to suggest otherwise.
Tuesday, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said after the three-hour meeting, law enforcement concluded that the company’s analysis “did not improve the knowledge of the investigation.”
Ouch. Once again, it is entirely possible that the FBI has access to even more information that it has not shared. However, it does seem rather clear at this point that the evidence it has shared publicly is just as unconvincing to cybersecurity experts as the information those security experts have shared is unconvincing to the FBI.