60 Minutes: Hack Attack on Sony

North Korea’s cyberattack on Sony Pictures exposed a new reality: you don’t have to be a superpower to inflict damage on U.S. corporations

If most people remember anything about the North Korean government’s cyberattack against Sony Pictures last November, it’s probably that there was a lot of juicy gossip in leaked emails about movie stars, agents, and studio executives. There was also an absurd quality to the whole episode, which was over an ill-advised movie comedy about the assassination of North Korea’s leader, which the North Koreans did not find funny. The weirdness of it all has obscured a much more significant point: that an impoverished foreign country had launched a devastating attack against a major company on U.S. soil and that not much can be done about it. In some ways it’s another milestone in the cyberwars which are just beginning to heat up, not cool down.


Perspective from Steve Kroft on North Korea’s cyberattack on Sony Pictures after 15 years of reporting on cyberwarfare

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  1. Iamthe50percent commented on Apr 13

    It’s not much that nothing COULD be done about it.,after all, North KOREA COULD be a smoking radioactive ruin, as no one was WILLING to do anything about it.

    Most of all, it should have caused the Federal Government to take its finger out regarding foreign cyber attacks. At the very least, North Korea’s internet access to the West should have been shut off.

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