Professor Carsten Maple, the director of research in cybersecurity at WMG's Cyber Security Centre (CSC) at the University of Warwick, doesn’t believe North Korea is responsible for the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
“We are no doubt seeing a rise in state-sponsored attacks but also there are a significant number of ‘hacktivist’ attacks,” he said. “Just like states have skirmishes over territories, there’s now a battlefield around information, but my feeling is that North Korea is not behind the targeting of Sony Pictures.
“It could have been anyone – possibly a North Korean, a supporter of Kim Jong-Un, for example, but it could have also been for a million other reasons – it isn’t the first time Sony has fallen victim to cyber assaults. A spokesperson for the North Korean government said “wait and see” when asked if the Pyongyang was behind the attack. I doubt it – those aren’t usually the words of someone who is responsible for a hack. We will only really know when we hear more about the way the attackers got in – state attacks are usually more sophisticated, more expensive and take longer to develop.”
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