Sony Hack Inside Job: Experts Say Sony Hack Was An Inside Job, North Korea Not Involved

December 25, 2014 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Sony hack, inside job? According to experts, the answer is yes. Many cybersecurity experts have stated that the FBI is wrong to point fingers at North Korea because they believe that it was an inside job. They claimed that an angry former Sony employee provided information to Lena, who is a member of a group of hackers called Guardians of Peace or GOP, which lead to the leak of several movies and numerous embarrassing emails.

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Sony hack, an inside job, say computer security experts. According to numerous cybersecurity professionals, the FBI and President Barack Obama, are wrong to blame North Korea for the Sony hack job.

Talking to FOX News, security expert Vinny Troia, revealed that the hackers appeared to have obtained a lot of information like emails, financial records, and password keys from Sony Pictures’ network.

It is believed that this information was provided by a disgruntled employee, who was fired by the company and out for revenge. Mr Troia claimed that a group of hackers called Guardians of Peace, or GOP, is responsible for the Sony hacking incident.

More precisely, a member of the Guardians of Peace, named Lena, created the chaos that Sony must now fix. On November 24th, Lena and the Guardians of Peace, had threatened to release sensitive Sony Pictures information including salaries of top Sony Pictures executives if their demands were not met. Troia added:

“This woman was in precisely the right position and had the deep technical background she would need to locate the specific servers that were compromised.”

The expert shared:

“From the samples we obtained, we can say the attackers knew the internal network.I think that in the event that this turns out to be either a disgruntled employee or an inside job, there is so much attention around this right now, they need to point the finger at somebody else.”

He went on to explain that just because the coding for one of the two malwares was in Korean and the IP addresses were located in North Korea, this does not mean that Kim Jong-un‘s government is the culprit.

Troia was quick to point out that famous hackers and small time internet crooks steal identities and credit card numbers, using IP addresses in North Korea to avoid detection.

Nir Polak, CEO of big data security company, Exabeam, also spoke to Fox and backed the Sony hack inside job theory. Polak shared:

“Given that employee salary information and stolen digital films were likely contained in completely different parts of the IT architecture, it is also likely that an insider with a grudge could have provided administer-level credentials and access to Sony’s network diagrams to the attackers.”

In an interview with CBS, Kurt Stammberger, a senior vice president with cybersecurity firm, Norse, said that given the severity of the Sony hack it had to be an inside job. Stammberger stated:

“We are very confident that this was not an attack master-minded by North Korea and that insiders were key to the implementation of one of the most devastating attacks in history.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has issued a statement denying his involvement in the hack. What are you thoughts on the Sony hack? Was it an inside job?


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  1. plantdude says:

    I suspect Sony did it themselves just to get people to watch a crappy movie that would have bombed in the theatres.

  2. William Thomas says:

    Of course it was an inside job. The most dangerous people on the planet for any company/organization are employees that have been fired or have been upset by the actions of the organization. They work in the shadows of the organization and only strike when they have everything they need to make the biggest mess and cause the most serious damage.

  3. wolfen says:

    PUBLICITY plain and simple

  4. Emily G. says:

    Sony should be ashamed of themselves. All of them should be fired.

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