Washington was quick to name North Korea as the perpetrator of the horrific cyber vandalizing crime against Sony Pictures last year. If reports from The New York Times are to be believed, they could pinpoint North Korea because the National Security Agency (NSA) had hacked into North Korea networks long before the North Koreans shocked the world by hacking Sony.
“Long before blaming North Korea for the attack on Sony Pictures and its film “The Interview,” officials say U.S. intelligence was monitoring North Korea’s attempts to hack into computer systems of American companies,” said the CBS News.
The NSA was reportedly able to hack North Korean computer networks with the help of alies like South Korea and placed a tracking code in there, allowing the analysts sitting on American soil to track the cyber operations of the communist regime. It was because of the inside information they had about their cyber operations that the U.S. was able to identify specific addresses used by hackers working on bhest of the North Korean government.
Those same ip addresses have been linked to threats sent o Sony, says FBI Director James Comey.
“We could see that the IP addresses that were being used to post and to send the e-mails were coming from IPs that were exclusively used by the North Koreans,” said Comey.
The leading daily also accused the NSA of having stolen inside information from China over the last decade.
“The American spy agency drilled into the Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the outside world, [and] picked through connections in Malaysia favored by North Korean hackers,” the daily said citing newly declassified NSA documents and accounts from former U.S. government officials.
“It did not take long for American officials to conclude that the source of the attack was North Korea, officials say,” it went on to add.
What The New York Times has failed to elaborate upon, however, is the reason why the top brass sitting in the NSA failed to alert Sony if they did have access to all that was being plotted by them to block the release of “The Interview,” a satire on the assassination of leader Kim Jong-un.