US Official: North Korea Hacked Sony And ‘Chinese Actors’ May Have Helped

Friday, December 19, 2014
By Paul Martin

Dec. 19, 2014

A US investigation into the hack of Sony’s computer system has determined that North Korea was behind the operation with a possible Chinese link, a US official said on Friday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the conclusion was to be announced later by federal authorities.

The probe into the hack found North Korea was behind the incident and that there may be a Chinese link either through collaboration with Chinese actors or by using Chinese servers to mask the origination of the hack, the official said.

As far as US options in response, there are few immediate options, all of which come with risks. In any case, the best course may be through the Chinese government.

“The only lever that I can see is China,” Dave Aitel, a former NSA research scientist and CEO of the cybersecurity firm Immunity, told Business Insider in an interview. “And what you may see is that it comes out there were some Chinese resources involves in this, and then pressure them to get on board.”

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