Then I find an article in Fast Company that real experts are rather skeptical of the story, too. Marc Rogers, for one, puts together a pretty good case against it being the North Koreans.
So in conclusion, there is NOTHING here that directly implicates the North Koreans. In fact, what we have is one single set of evidence that has been stretched out into 3 separate sections, each section being cited as evidence that the other section is clear proof of North Korean involvement. As soon as you discredit one of these pieces of evidence, the whole house of cards will come tumbling down.Gordon Chang is a lawyer/analyst/pundit who specializes in watching China and developments in China and North Korea. He's probably excessively pessimistic about China, his book on the coming collapse of China is going on 14 years old, but he's still one of the more knowledgeable people in the pundit class. Chang's view is that if NK did it at all they certainly didn't do it alone. China and North Korea have a symbiotic relationship; China economically exploits the reclusive state for cheap labor, and resources while the North Koreans get most of their food from China and their only air travel is through and over China. North Koreans attempt to escape north into China, the border is said to be easier to cross than the border into South Korea, and China plays a loose game of returning some but not others. It seems natural that any North Koreans with the right skills (or potential) would get sucked north into China.
Chang believes that North Korean cyber attacks would have had to originate in China. China is much better equipped for that sort of attack; think massive cube farms of hackers at work all day long. Some of them could have been from North Korea. At the absolute least, China would have known about the Sony attack, though.
Catherine Herridge, the Chief Intelligence Correspondent at Fox News, reports that sources in the US fed.gov say there's evidence that points to China, as well as Russia and Iran.
The U.S. investigation into the recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment has turned up evidence that does not point to North Korea as the "sole entity" in the case, but rather, raises the possibility that Iran, China or Russia may have been involved, an intelligence source told Fox News on Thursday.The idea of the Sony hack being an inside job from a disgruntled employee or something like that seems likely to me. There are just too many things about it that taken together make it unlikely that it was the North Koreans. At least in my book. Now, if it was the world's greatest publicity scheme to get millions of Americans who wouldn't ordinarily go see (what seems to be) a mediocre comedy to change their plans and go see it in some sort of patriotic/1st amendment fervor, that would be a funnier story than Seth Rogan and James Franco could come up with.
The source pointed to the sophistication of malware “modules or packets” that destroyed the Sony systems -- on a level that has not been seen from North Korea in the past -- but has been seen from Iran, China and Russia.
There is no evidence of a forced entry into the Sony systems, pointing to an insider threat or stolen credentials. And the first emails sent to Sony, described as blackmail or extortion, included demands unrelated to the movie.