Who Hacked Sony?

Over the last few days, I’ve watched the story of “The Interview” unroll on mainstream media.  For those of you who aren’t following it, Sony was the victim of a hacking attack which allegedly was done by hackers in North Korea who allegedly object to the movie “The Interview” slated for release in theaters on December 25, 2014.

Theater chains were threatened with retaliation if they showed the movie, resulting in five of the top movie-theater chains announcing that they had pulled the movie from their line-up.

Sony’s reaction to the hacking and threats was to pull the movie from theaters, and as a result — as reported by mainstream media — Sony received an email from the “Guardians Of Peace” guaranteeing that as long as Sony never released the movie, never distributed the movie, and never leaked the movie in any form including via piracy, all of Sony’s security data was safe.

In other words, Sony would never be safe.

How can I say that?  If there was a way for movie studios and recording studios and labels to prevent piracy, they would have already put those prevention methods in place.  As it is, piracy is a major issue in the entertainment industry to this very day.

So, insisting that if the studio could prevent pirating of the movie in question, that their security data is safe is ridiculous.  Why?  Because it means that the hackers intend on intimidating and threatening and bullying to their heart’s content to get whatever they want, knowing full well that pirating hasn’t been stopped to date.

Now in other related news, the FBI announced that it was their belief that the North Korean government was involved in the Sony hacks based on technical analysis of the data deletion malware used.  The assertion was made that because of similarities in lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, compromised networks, and Internet protocol addresses associated with the North Korean infrastructure, it stood to reason that the North Korean government was in on this hacking.

Except that North Korea took exception to that accusation and proposed a joint investigation between the U.S. and North Korea to find the real hackers.

The “Guardians Of Peace” mocked the FBI’s assertion and posted an online message stating that the FBI had it all wrong.  The included a link that, when clicked on, Rickrolled those who were brave enough to click-through.  What they were met with was a video with Japanese words and gyrating animated bodies.  It ended with the message, “You are an idiot!”

But who were these great “Guardians Of Peace?”

Well, oddly enough, on April 16, 1973, remarks made by former President Richard Nixon at the National Conference of Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, he was quoted as saying:

Let me just lay it right on the line. I have been in this office for four years, and I will be here for the balance of this four years.  But after me there will be other Presidents. Some will be Democrats; some will be Republicans.  But the most important thing for us to remember is this:  The United States is the great guardian of peace and freedom in the world.  There is no other country that is going to do it if we aren’t.  But a strong United States, and one that is respected, is the one that can be the guardian.

Okay.  So does this mean that Americans are behind the Sony hacking?

Maybe yes, and maybe no.  The reason for the hedging is because the expression was used two weeks earlier on March 29, 1973 in former President Richard Nixon’s Address to the Nation About Vietnam and Domestic Problems, where he was quoted as saying:

What is at stake is whether the United States shall become the second strongest nation in the world. If that day ever comes, the chance for building a new structure of peace in the world would be irreparably damaged, and free nations everywhere would be living in mortal danger.

A strong United States is not a threat to peace. It is the free world’s indispensable guardian of peace and freedom.

And the very next day, on March 30, 1973 in former President Richard Nixon’s Remarks to State Legislators Attending the National Legislative Conference he was quoted as saying:

When I leave this office, I want to leave it with respect for the President of the United States, whoever he is, for the Office of the Presidency, and respect for the strength of the United States undiminished, because it is that strength that is the world’s best guardian of peace and freedom.

Maybe this means that the late Richard Nixon and his followers are behind the Sony hacking.  Maybe it’s the late Richard Nixon’s former speech writer himself that’s responsible!

Or maybe the implication is that the People’s Republic of China or Russia is behind the Sony hacking since the March 30, 1973 speech talked about the success in new dialogues with both China and Russia.  Of course, he also stated that no country was in such a position of strength that they could take down the U.S. — not even Britain or France or Germany or Japan.

Remember that the hackers refer to themselves as the “Guardians Of Peace” and have sent emails with their abbreviated name:  GOP.  And who are the GOP?  One group of GOPs are also known as Republicans (it stands for Grand Old Party).  Maybe the Republican Party is behind the Sony hacking!!!  Or the Democrat Party is setting up the Republican Party!!!  Politics makes for strange behaviors at the best of times.

Anyone who knows anything about writing thrillers, crime stories, mysteries, murder mysteries, and other similar genres know that in order for a plot to come together, there are three points that have to be covered:  motive, method, and opportunity.

If we look at motive, method, and opportunity, many countries jump to the forefront including, but not limited to, the following:

United States of America
North Korea
South Korea
Britain
France
Germany
Japan

As an author who has written gripping thrillers and murder mysteries, I’m betting all my money on … Canada.

CANADA?

Of course, Canada.

You see, while the seven obvious suspects (countries) I mentioned all have motive, method, and opportunity, I’ve generally found that it’s the quiet one (country) with motive, method, and opportunity that’s usually responsible … and who usually gets away committing the crime.

The Interview” is a movie that was co-produced by Point Grey Pictures (head office in Canada) that was founded by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (both Canadians).  The executive producers are Shawn Williamson and Ariel Shaffir (both Canadians).  The writers and directors are Canadian.  Many of the actors are Canadian.  The movie was filmed  in Canada.  And it’s Canadian tax credits (33 percent from provincial tax credits and 16 percent from federal tax credits) which is like saying the B.C. government in partnership with the Harper government decided that Canadian taxpayers should underwrite the costs associated with making this movie.

Some of the scenes were shot at the CBC broadcast center in Vancouver (the CBC being the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a federal corporation) and the behind-the-scenes crew were Canadians whether you’re talking the art director or the costume designer or the camera crew or the stunt doubles or pretty much anyone else who worked on the movie … even in post-production.

Oh Canada!

Just when you think you know who might be behind the Sony hacking, some author throws a monkey wrench into the works and brings up a number of other possible scenarios … and all of them plausible.

So who really hacked Sony?  I don’t know.

What I do know is that there’s lots of blame being shopped around, most of it without much more than suspicions and circumstantial evidence to back up those allegations.

Whoever is responsible for this doesn’t really care what anyone else has to say about what happened.  It seems to be all about being able to dictate to large corporations and countries what will and won’t be done within their own borders.

Elyse Bruce

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