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Sony hackers just pranked the FBI

December 22nd, 2014 at 9:05 AM
Sony Hackers vs. FBI

The hackers responsible for the massive cyber attack against Sony, in which some 100 terabytes of company data was stolen, on Saturday mocked the FBI in a message posted on Pastebin, The Daily Beast reports.

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Identifying themselves as “Guardians of Peace” or GOP, the hackers laughed at the Bureau’s investigation into the matter.

“The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes. We congratulate you success,” GOP wrote. “FBI is the BEST in the world.”

“You will find the gift for FBI at the following address,” they said, posting a YouTube link to a Japanese prank video that repeats a phrase: “You are an idiot.”

The FBI on Friday announced that North Korea is behind the hack, even though the country denied responsibility twice before the agency reached this conclusion.

In addition to GOP hackers, who seem to disagree with the FBI’s findings, other people are also unconvinced North Korea is to blame for the attack.

Security experts cited by the LA Times believe there’s not enough evidence to accuse North Korea of really attacking Sony.

“[It’s] pretty weak in my books to claim that the newest piece of malware is the act of a nation state because other possible related pieces of malware were ‘rumored’ to be the work of a nation state,” renowned security expert Marc W. Rogers said. “Until someone comes up with solid evidence actually attributing one of these pieces of malware to North Korea I consider this evidence to be, at best, speculation.”

Other experts said that the IP addresses cited by the FBI in its investigation could have been used by anyone to hide their tracks and point the blame to North Korea.

At the same time, experts aren’t ruling out North Korea just yet, as the lack of definitive evidence doesn’t necessarily clear the country. Not to mention that the FBI may have not revealed all the things it learned during the investigation, and the agency may have stronger evidence against the totalitarian state.

President Obama said Sunday on CNN that the attack on Sony was not an “act of war” but rather “cybervandalism.”

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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