Despite documents showing the U.S. National Security Agency has infiltrated North Korean networks, security experts continue to doubt the country orchestrated the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
Recent reports alleging that the National Security Agency has infiltrated North Korean networks and collected evidence connecting the country's leadership with the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment should have settled the question of who was responsible for the brazen breach of the Hollywood studio's data assets. Yet, doubts persist.
The trail that led US officials to blame North Korea for the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November winds back to 2010, when the National Security Agency scrambled to break into the well-guarded computer systems of a country considered one of the most impenetrable targets on earth.
FBI Director James Comey, today, said that the hackers who compromised Sony Pictures Entertainment usually used proxy servers to obfuscate their identity, but "several times they got sloppy."
Speaking today at an event at Fordham University in New York, Comey said, "Several times, either because they forgot or because of a technical problem, they connected directly and we could see that the IPs they were using ... were exclusively used by the North Koreans.
Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai noted his dismay at being the target of a notorious hack that sparked an international controversy between the US and North Korea.
Sony was "unfortunately the victim of one of the most vicious and malicious cyberattacks we've known certainly in recent history," Hirai said during a keynote presentation at this year's Consumer Electronics Show here.
The US is lobbing fresh sanctions against North Korea as a response to the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment even as President Barack Obama's administration refuses to provide evidence of Pyongyang's involvement.