The NSA was already tracking the North Korean hackers that brought down Sony Pictures

By Justin Kahn
Jan 19, 2015
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  1. Following the attack on Sony Pictures in November, the US government was quick to point fingers at North Korean hackers. This is because the NSA has been tracking them with malware for years now, according to new reports.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    So why didn't those NSA goons say something to avoid all the drama? Were they afraid they'd be falsely accused of spying or were they afraid they might tarnish their squeaky clean reputation?
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  3. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 315   +114

    Probably didn't care. Not the government's job to protect companies from hackers - that was Sony's IT job. Unless lives were at risk, the government doesn't have an obligation to mention it or do anything about it.
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  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    C'mon dude, because if they told them they were spying, then the North Koreans would have started whispering, thereby foiling all of the NSA's plans.
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    Exactly... the NSA would prioritize keeping their methods a secret over protecting Sony from having some embarrassing emails read about some movie stars. I'd bet when North Korea hacks into a company in the US that supplies the DoD, the NSA gets very involved.
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  6. Hexic

    Hexic TS Addict Posts: 272   +127

    That's the next logical step. Military defense contractors would be the big target there. Although it would be a more complex task (with a larger fallout) to compromise the majority of those systems.

    Possible, nonetheless.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    When you say, "larger fallout", was that pun intended....? :confused:
  8. oneofmetwo

    oneofmetwo TS Rookie

    I love that you said "foiling".
  9. oneofmetwo

    oneofmetwo TS Rookie

    "Unless lives were at risk" <- This isn't a doctor-patient confidentiality agreement. You just made that up. NSA stands for National Security Agency. North Korea is from outside the nation. Sony was attacked within our nation. The NSA did nothing to stop the attack. The NSA is an obese money sucking lump of anti-democratic detritus.
  10. Runt1me

    Runt1me TS Rookie Posts: 30

    "..US government was quick to point fingers.."
    meaning those they're pointing fingers at were probably not to blame.

    So now most are talking about how NK did hack sony, it's now an accepted fact in any discussion just because of all the different angles being trickled into the media to keep it on our minds 'they did'.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    "Unless lives were at risk?". Weren't they threatening to blow up 9/10th of the USA If the movie was screened? It may not have sounded like lives were at risk to the government but it sure sounded like lives were at risk to everybody else. Maybe their perception of 'life threatening' is different to the norm.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    That would have worked out nicely, as probably 90% of the USA is farmland. So, if they really wanted to blow something up, the raw, raw material for fertilizer bombs would be directly at hand.

    That notwithstanding, they really wouldn't have to blow anything up, just go out after dark and tip over all the cows....(y)
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    You should march right over the North Korea, and tell Kim Jong Un exactly what you just told us! And take Dennis Rodman with you. You'll need some 'intellectual stimulation', it's a very long trip.
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    That was after the fact, if my timeline is in order. All the NSA surveillance and hacking in question was done prior to that incident. By the time the threats was made there was nothing the NSA could have done to stop the drama.
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    We're only allowed to know what the powers that be tell us. It wouldn't be the 1st time wars were started because of clandestine government manipulation. WW 2 was ignited because the Nazi's attacked one of their own broadcast stations and blamed it on the Poles.
  16. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 315   +114

    No where does it say anything about that.

    "The Information Assurance mission confronts the formidable challenge of preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information."

    I doubt Sony has anything like that, considering what was leaked.

    As for my reference to lives - aside from running the country via laws, regulations, etc. - I believe it to be a chief duty of the U.S. government/military to protect American lives (why else have a military?). Once NK made threats, the government did act via additional sanctions and likely several other actions out of the public eye, such as possibly executing our own cyber attack.
  17. Hexic

    Hexic TS Addict Posts: 272   +127

    Not originally, but I suppose it could apply.. hah.

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