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Comment: Re:Prediction: (Score 4, Insightful) 86

by daveschroeder (#48680051) Attached to: N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey"

First of all, you say, "North Korea didn't hack Sony," as if it is an indisputable, known fact. It is not -- by any stretch of the imagination.

The fact is, it cannot be proven either way in a public forum, or without having independent access to evidence which proves -- from a social, not technical, standpoint -- how the attack originated. Since neither of those are possible, the MOST that can be accurate stated is that no one, in a public context, can definitively demonstrate for certain who hacked Sony.

Blameless in your scenario is the only entity actually responsible, which is that entity that attacked Sony in the first place.

Whether that is the DPRK, someone directed by the DPRK, someone else entirely, or a combination of the above, your larger point appears to be that somehow the US is to blame for a US subsidiary of a Japanese corporation getting hacked -- or perhaps simply for existing.

As a bonus, you could blame Sony for saying its security controls weren't strong enough, while still reserving enough blame for the US as the only "jackass".


Comment: Prediction: (Score 5, Insightful) 86

by daveschroeder (#48679895) Attached to: N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey"

Many of the same slashdotters who accept "experts" who claim NK didn't hack Sony will readily accept as truth that it was "obviously" the US that attacked NK, even though there is even less objective proof of that, and could just as easily be some Anonymous offshoot, or any number of other organizations, or even North Korea itself.

See the logical disconnect, here?

For those now jumping on the "North Korea didn't hack Sony" bandwagon that some security "experts" are leading for their own political or ideological reasons, including using rationales as puzzling and pedestrian as source IP addresses of the attacks being elsewhere, some comments:

Attribution in cyber is hard, and the general public is never going to know the classified intelligence that went into making an attribution determination, and experts -- actual and self-appointed -- will make claims about what they think occurred.

With cyber, you could have nation-states, terrorists organizations, or even activist hacking groups attacking other nation-states, companies, or organizations, for any number of motives, and making it appear, from a social and technical standpoint, that the attack originated from and/or was ordered by another entity entirely.

That's a HUGE problem, but there are ways to mitigate it. A Sony "insider" may indeed -- wittingly or unwittingly -- have been key in pulling off this hack. That doesn't mean that DPRK wasn't involved. I am not making a formal statement one way or the other; just saying that the public won't be privy to the specific attribution rationale.

Also, any offensive cyber action that isn't totally worthless is going to attempt to mask or completely divert attention from its true origins (unless part of the strategic intent is to make it clear who did it), or at a minimum maintain some semblance of deniability.

At some point you have to apply Occam's razor and ask who benefits.

And for those riding the kooky "This is all a big marketing scam by Sony" train:

So, you're saying that Sony leaked thousands of extremely embarrassing and in some cases damaging internal documents and emails that will probably result in the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment being ousted, including private and statutorily-protected personal health information of employees, and issued terroristic messages threatening 9/11-style attacks at US movie theaters, committing dozens to hundreds of federal felonies, while derailing any hopes for a mass release and instead having it end up on YouTube for rental, all to promote one of hundreds of second-rate movies?

Comment: Re:NORAD Santa “simulation” tapes (Score 2) 57

by halivar (#48667815) Attached to: The History of the NORAD/Microsoft and Google Santa Trackers

I have long believed that the Santa Tracker was a fraudulent government operation. I really began to suspect the conspiracy when I grew out of childhood; about when I got my first college apartment. I noticed that not only did Santa not visit on Christmas Eve (despite a number of sting operations with video cameras), but that NORAD's Santa Tracker had him placed right over my area while these non-visits occurred. I don't know what to believe anymore. I don't really think it's Santa delivering those presents anymore; he's just outsourcing to my parents via UPS. Everything is tainted by corporatism now.

Comment: Re:Where is your white tipped cane? (Score 1) 176

by halivar (#48662941) Attached to: Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

I'm not the one chaining endless strands of causality together and slapping a completely irrelevant pet agenda into the middle of it. WTF does SOPA have to do with this? Unless you think it's the CIA and their black helicopters making Sony issue take-down requests. Can't be, because that would be kooky.

Comment: Re:Where is your white tipped cane? (Score 1) 176

by halivar (#48662337) Attached to: Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

Nowhere do I even imply that this is about money for Sony

No, but I am. Sony is not going to financially ruin itself, potentially shutter its multi-billion dollar film studio, out all of its own email and destroy multiple exec's careers out of solidarity with US foreign policy. It's ludicrous to suggest it.

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