Despite growing growing evidence to support the contrary, the FBI is standing firmly behind its previous claim that North Korea was directly responsible for the massive cyberattack that was recently directed at Sony Pictures. Many experts have expressed their doubt of the validity of these accusations, at least with the evidence that they’ve been given. It’s possible that the FBI is withholding more damning evidence for reasons unknown.
Did North Korea’s government hack Sony Pictures? Though the United States government and FBI say yes, a growing chorus of detractors is pushing back on that claim. And the FBI is apparently listening: one firm, Norse, met with the FBI this past Monday to present its own claim that a group of six people were responsible. Moreover, at least one of those six is said to be an ex-Sony employee, reports Politico. Norse says its been looking into the attack on Sony Pictures since before Thanksgiving, and it presented the results of that research to the FBI yesterday. For its part, the FBI is sticking to its story — at least for now. “The FBI has concluded the Government of North Korea is responsible for the theft and destruction of data on the network of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Attribution to North Korea is based on intelligence from the FBI, the U.S. intelligence community, DHS [Department of Homeland Security], foreign partners and the private sector,” an FBI statement provided to media reads.