This is how the US knew North Korea was behind Sony hack


US has been hacking North Korea for years, says report

The National Security Agency (NSA) has been secretly hacking North Korean computer networks since 2010, according to new documents released by Edward Snowden.

The New York Times, which first reported the story, says it was evidence gathered during this time that ultimately confirmed the rogue state was behind the recent cyber attack on Sony.

In its article the New York Times reveals the NSA, with assistance from South Korea, hacked North Korean networks with by first accessing connections in Malaysia and then via China, which is where North Korea connects to the rest of the world.

The reason for the NSA hacking North Korea was to plant a piece of malware in the networks of North Korea which could track the digital movements of the computers used by hackers in the country.

It was this activity that provided evidence which the United States deemed so convincing that it resulted in the FBI publicly accusing North Korea of the Sony hack, the first time officials from Washington has accused a foreign state of cyber attack on that scale, the newspaper said.

Sony was first hacked in November 2014 as the company was about to release the satirical movie The Interview, starring Seth Rogan and James Franco and which is about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un.

Following the attacks score of confidential company data and private emails were made public, the content of which proved to be hugely controversial, causing embarrassment for senior Sony executives and sending shockwaves through Hollywood.

To date, North Korea has denied any involvement in the Sony hack.

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  1. ChrisWard99 on

    If the NSA had been hacking North Korea for 4 years you would have thought they might have seen the Sony hacking coming!

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