Friday, December 19, 2014

Sony hack was the work of SPECTRE

The problem with hacking is that people try to understand it through analogies with things they understand. They try to fit new information into old stories/tropes they are familiar with. This doesn't work -- hacking needs to be understood in its own terms.

But since you persist in doing it this way, let me use the trope of SPECTRE to explain the Sony hack. This is the evil criminal/terrorist organization in the James Bond films that is independent of all governments. Let's imagine that it's SPECTRE who is responsible for the Sony hack, and how that fits within the available evidence.

This trope adequately explains the FBI "evidence" pointing to North Korea. SPECTRE has done work for North Korea, selling them weapons, laundering their money, and conducting hacking for them. While North Korea is one of their many customers, they aren't controlled by North Korea.

The FBI evidence also points to Iran, with the Sony malware similar to that used in the massive Saudi Aramco hack. That would make sense, since an evil organization like SPECTRE does business with all the evil countries. Conversely, the Iranian connection doesn't make sense if the Sony hack were purely the work of the North Koreans.

SPECTRE's organization is highly modular, with different groups doing different things. Indeed, different arms of SPECTRE might be working for both sides of a conflict at the same time without each knowing about it. One arm of SPETRE develops malware. Another arm uses that to break into companies and steal credit card numbers. Another arm converts those credit cards numbers to cash.

It's quite possible that the Sony hack was the work of a single SPECTRE agent. We'll call him #8. Certainly, #8 uses the resources of SPECTRE to carry out the attack, and other resources will be called in to profit from the attack, but it's largely an independent operation. In other words, "Guardians of Peace" can refer to a single guy -- a largely independent operator who is unaware of those parts of SPECTRE who have interacted with Iran and North Korea. Thus, once he got into Sony, other members of SPECTRE contacted their North Korean customers and said "hey, we have an opportunity, give us $1 million and we'll shut down that film you hate". Once they got the cash, they directed #8 to make the threat.

My story of SPECTRE better explains the evidence in the Sony case than the FBI's story of a nation-state attack. In both cases, there are fingerprints leading to North Korea. In my story, North Korea is a customer. In the FBI's story, North Korea is in charge. However, my story better explains how everything is in English, how there are also Iranian fingerprints, and how the threats over The Interview came more than a week after the attack. The FBI's story is weak and full of holes, my story is rock solid.

I scan the Internet. I find compromised machines all over the place. Hackers have crappy opsec, so that often leads me to their private lairs (i.e. their servers and private IRC chat rooms). There are a lot of SPECTRE-like organizations throughout the world, in Eastern Europe, South America, the Islamic world, and Asia. At the bottom, we see idiot kids defacing websites. The talented move toward the top of the organization, which has nebulous funding likely from intelligence operations or Al Qaeda, though virtually none of their activities are related to intelligence/cyberwar/cyberterror (usually, stealing credit cards for porn sites).

My point is this. Our government has created a single story of "nation state hacking". When that's the only analogy that's available, all the evidence seems to point in that direction. But hacking is more complex than that. In this post, I present a different analogy, one that better accounts for all the evidence, but one in which North Korea is no longer the perpetrator.


Algosome said...

The failure of the Sony hack to be prevented is also consistent with the work of that bumbling CIA agent Felix Lighter. If James Bond were on the scene, we wouldn't be in this mess.

Jeff Mcneill said...

Since this narrative makes it clear that *The Interview* hack and Sony distributor blackmail was opportunistic, Felix Leiter was never on the job (unless he was monitoring a US division of Sony (a Japanese company)??? This sort of blaming North Korea (apparently now the mockery of the Internet for their attack on lowbrow entertainment) while also showing some level of threat to the entertainment lives of Americans... Couldn't make this stuff up.

Truth that is urgent said...

People.  Wake up, they are liars
It isnot the Koreans hacking and I can prove it
Listen here, the hackers are the Feds,BILDERBERGS, G 8, dragons white and red, bush, Clinton's, Anonymous hackers and all the ones I named all along are big liars since they hack rob all my transactions, clients, commissions all I do, as I informed you many times and do the same to all the brokers working in large financial transactions.

Sony first got hacked when I sent  my computer for repair.  Because the thieves have been stealing all my transactions it was infected by all their programs and Trojans.
my computer was new and because they broke my wifi light and I was not able to connect it, I sent the computer to Sony to be fixed! I was in Florida and sent it to Sony California To be fixed and when Sony opened my computer on their premises, they got infected.

My computer is the P SERIES and all can be verified with Sony and obviously my hard drive which recorded all of their moves

Sony did not want to hear when I told them that they are the ones and stole trillions and trillions from me and trillions and trillions from other brokers.
It was too much for them and now they come out with this movie.

What happened?  The hackers bought Sony?   And they again are trying to pull a dirty misleading trick by accusing the Koreans?????

Are you surprised?

They need to be jailed

We had enough of the liar thieves

Investigator of investigators, judges, the ones that will help us to do something about this fraud so we can have a decent life

My number. 1 438 939 4380

God has His plan and has His anointed that will bring us deliverance from this atrocious abuse on us and our children.

I allow you all to put this worldwide, TRUTH MUST BE SPOKEN

Why should we be trampled and lied to by a bunch of good for nothing losers that can succeed by hacking and robbing the hard work of single moms.

Don't you all agree, it takes low life losers to do such a thing and you know they deserve the guillotine.

We had enough of the mean detestable terrorists because they are the terror
Of terrors, imagine how gross their actions are

They made so much from robbing us they have millions of servers where they host our bank accounts, phones, computers, tvs and are pushing for more control so they are not tried in a court of law.

They should be tried and given the guillotine