Report: FBI Will Finally Explain in Detail How North Korea Hacked Sony

By Jamie Condliffe on at

The FBI Director James Comey will explain later today how his organisation determined that North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures hack, reports The Intercept.

The FBI's pronouncement that North Korea was behind the attacks has drawn criticism from security professionals. But Comey is due to speak at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University today, and it's expected that he'll explain how the organisation reached its conclusions.

Over the past weeks, the FBI has issued warnings suggesting that the same hackers who infiltrated Sony servers were also planning another attack on "a news media organisation", and that the threat "may extend to other such organisations in the near future". However, those threats could be fictitious, with the FBI currently investigating whether a Tennessee man's claims that they were part of a prank are indeed true.

With the FBI already facing criticism over its blaming of North Korea, such a slip would be embarrassing. So, with any luck, James Comey will be able to set the record straight later today. [The Intercept]

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