Cybersecurity firm, Norse, just revealed information that six individuals were involved in the massive data breach on Sony Pictures in November 2014, and one of them was a former company employee. Read on for further details.
It seems North Korea is justified in vigorously protesting FBI allegations it hacked Sony. Norse, the company hired to get to the bottom of the cyberattack, reported it has uncovered evidence that six people were primarily involved in the security hack, and one of them, a female former employee, had thorough knowledge of Sony’s network and operations.
According to Norse Senior Vice President Kurt Stammberger, two of the six suspects are currently in the US, while the rest are spread out in Canada, Thailand and Singapore.
The ex-employee, identified as “Lena,” had a technical role in the company and worked for Sony for a decade before being laid off in May 2014. Lena has claimed she is directly working with the Guardians of Peace (GOP), the hacker group who owned up to the hack attack last month, which leaked unreleased movies and screenplays, company bank information and sensitive employee data in protest of the Kim Jong-un assassination comedy, "The Interview."
These new revelations on the hacking suspects set aside accusations made by the FBI that North Korea was behind the cyberattack.
According to Norse, its independent examination centered on the theory that a data breach of such magnitude could only have been perpetrated by insiders. Their investigation included background researches on employees, both former and current, for any possible motivation to perpetrate the attack, and Lena, with her heavily technical background, stood out among the list of laid off workers as one of the persons who had the most likely motive.
Lena was also found to have connections to the popular illegal download site, Pirate Bay, which offers free downloads of major Hollywood movies.
“We’re going to show them our data and where it points us. As far as whether it is proof that would stand up in a court of law? That’s not our job to determine, it is theirs,” Stamberger told Security Ledger.
Here’s a video clip detailing the latest findings of the Sony hack:
Did the FBI mess up another major case by pointing their finger at the wrong suspect? Stay tuned for this developing news at Movie News Guide (MNG).
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