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Sony hack

December 20, 2014

The canary in the cage — Giles Fraser

We are led to believe this is a dastardly plot by North Korea, an Act of War.

Now have we not heard this before, an excuse for US to start a war? And the US has already threatened a reprisal attack.

Vietnam War, the carpet bombing of North Vietnam was triggered by an attack on a US fishing boat off the coast of North Vietnam. A fishing boat that just happened to be bristling with antenna.

Only there was no such attack.

9/11 justified attack on Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, Al Queda, Saddam Hussein were all rolled into one. Weapons of mass destruction, regime change.

The Taliban offered to hand over Osama bin Laden if the US provided the evidence.

But who needs evidence when there is a country to attack and invade?

US already had the plans ready to roll to attack Iraq, all they wanted was a Pearl Harbour.

9/11 was their Pearl harbour.

Now they want their 9/ll.

Strange how 9/11 is used to justify pulling of The Interview. A film destined to be a flop even before it was released.

Hackers are not terrorists.

What were they going to do, send a code to detonate explosives in a cinema near you? Or maybe remotely hijack a plane. The latter is feasible, but not very probable.

And where were these hackers?

The source of a cyber attack is notoriously difficult to trace.

We have already world-renowned “cybersecurity expert” Newt Gingrich tell us US has has “lost its first cyberwar”. Scary huh? About as convincing as Nigel Lawson being wheeled out by the BBC as a “climate expert”.

I would rather heed security specialist Lauren Weinstein:

But boys and girls, my gut feeling is that we’re being seriously suckered.

First we’re told that the Sony hack was incredibly sophisticated and brilliant, of the sort that (supposedly) only a well-funded nation-state could muster.

Then we start to hear from researchers who have looked at this in more detail, and we learn that the actual exploit was relatively simplistic and run-of-the-mill, rather sloppy in fact.

So how could such a crude exploit do so much damage to Sony?

Well, we’ve also now learned that — reportedly — Sony’s computer security practices were well known within the company as being somewhere south of McMurdo Station — that is, really abysmally sloppy and inept.

So you apparently didn’t need a nation-state with vast cyberwar attack resources to pull this off. Perhaps a bored 18-year-old looking for “lulz” from his parents’ basement would be more than adequate to the task.

So where does the North Korean connection could from, other than a destined to be flop of the year crap movie from Sony?

North Korea has not only issued a denial, they have offered to help trace the hack

So … which is going to play more effectively into these narratives — the 18-year-old in the basement lounge chair with a keyboard in their lap … or a nightmarish cyberattack conveniently pinned on the megalomaniac leader of a pariah nation?

Yes, I could be wrong. Maybe we’re actually getting the straight story on all this from our elected officials and their multitude of minions. Maybe this all really was a dastardly attack by North Korea on a mediocre Sony film.

The very existence of a cyber attack, will be used to usher in ever more Draconian powers to monitor every breath we take.

Could it not be, a publicity stunt from Sony that has gone badly wrong?

$44 million to produce the rubbish, $30 million to hype the rubbish.

We see once again how copyright stifles creativity.

Annette Hanshaw, not heard of her? She was a very popular jazz and blues singer in the 1920s. Copyright is owned by corporations like Sony. They see no money to be made. Her music is not released. She vanishes into obscurity.

If Sony dare not release The Interview, then relinquish all copyright claims and put in the public domain.

Then watch as South Korea beams it onto North Korea.

Hunt for the Sony Hackers would be a far better film than the flop that has been pulled. Spineless corporation, a famous writer offers to screen the film, two countries, two systems, brought to the brink of war.

Paulo Coelho offered $100,000 for the film rights and was willing to then stream from his blog. Sony had until midday Friday to respond. They failed to respond.

So why did Sony pull The Interview? They did so to distract from their embarrassing e-mails that had been leaked following the Sony hack.

Top Story in The Abundance Daily (Saturday 20 December 2014).

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