Cybersecurity expert: Answering North Korea hack on Sony is tricky

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – U.S. officials say they are planning to respond to the cyberattack against Sony Pictures, but a security expert told that could be a difficult task.

Officials said they believe North Korea was behind the hack into the entertainment company, which included terrorist threats and led to the cancellation of the premiere of “The Interview.” The movie follows two journalists instructed to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.

Sony management said the decision could cost the organization millions of dollars.

“There’s no banking structure in North Korea, so it wouldn’t do any good to go after those,” said Tom Chapman, head of cyber-operations at EdgeWave Security in San Diego. “North Korea already suffers major power outages on a daily basis, so there’s not use in going after those targets as well. Not much of their infrastructure is actually connected through the internet.”

The U.S. said they have come to the conclusion that the country’s role is based in part on the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.


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