A highly reputable internet security expert is torpedoing the evidence presented by the FBI that North Korea was actually behind the recent cyber attack on SONY that the American people have been told was in response to The Interview, a movie that includes the assassination of Kim Jon Un. Marc Rogers, the principal security researcher for CloudFlare, says in a column for the Daily Beast that evidence points to the hack being an inside job.
All the evidence leads me to believe that the great Sony Pictures hack of 2014 is far more likely to be the work of one disgruntled employee facing a pink slip.
I may be biased, but, as the director of security operations for DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker conference, and the principal security researcher for the world’s leading mobile security company, Cloudflare, I think I am worth hearing out.
The FBI was very clear in its press release about who it believed was responsible for the attack: “The FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,” they said in their December 19 statement, before adding, “the need to protect sensitive sources and methods precludes us from sharing all of this information”.
Rogers then deconstructs the two pieces of evidence cited by the FBI that suggest North Korean involvement, one involving the origin of the malware used in the attack and the other having to do with the IP addresses found in the malware. His conclusion is that the evidence is very weak.
If Rogers is right, one is right to conclude that the FBI is carrying out an agenda that doesn’t include the truth and does include a movie. The last time a movie had become such a source of controversy was in 2012, when Innocence of Muslims was blamed for a different attack – the one in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including an ambassador. As Shoebat.com has reported on at length, at the time that video was made, the producer – Nakoula Basseley Nakoula – was a federal informant. That would mean FBI.
Shoebat.com has also compiled compelling evidence that the agenda involving Innocence of Muslims had to do with an assault on the first amendment. By pointing to the protests and riots Muslims the world over engaged in as a result of the video, the administration could chill speech critical of Islam.
It was all about pursuing the Istanbul Process, the largest pet project of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). It’s all about criminalizing anti-Islamic speech. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have both expressed support for this agenda as well.
When it comes to the issue of why the FBI would intentionally and incorrectly blame North Korea for the SONY hack, Rogers states the following:
You don’t need to be a conspiracy theorist to see that blaming North Korea is quite convenient for the FBI and the current U.S. administration. It’s the perfect excuse to push through whatever new, strong, cyber-laws they feel are appropriate, safe in the knowledge that an outraged public is fairly likely to support them.
Do you see a pattern?
Perhaps the most salient paragraph in Rogers’ piece is this one:
Essentially, we are being left in a position where we are expected to just take agency promises at face value. In the current climate, that is a big ask.
Amen! It’s high time the cold, hard corrupt reality catch up to some rosy, misplaced perceptions.
Here is a recent interview with Rogers on PBS about his claims:
In 2013, Americans were told to trust the Obama administration’s claim that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad was behind the chemical attack. The administration never produced that evidence, all the while citing national security concerns, as appears to be the case here. As time went by, the evidence increasingly implicated Syria’s rebels and even the Turks, as Shoebat.com reported.