Some media reports have surfaced suggesting another twist in the recent cyber attack at Sony Entertainment Network.
According to the reports, the United States had first infiltrated the computer systems of North Korea years ago and had utilized the same capability to conclude whether Pyongyang was responsible for recent hack on Sony Pictures.
Quoting US and foreign intelligence officials as saying, The New York Times is its report said that Washington had in late 2010 accessed the North Korean computers using custom malware.
According to a report by The Times, the American spies “drilled into the Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the outside world, picked through connections in Malaysia favored by North Korean hackers and penetrated directly into the North with the help of South Korea and other American allies.”
The officials had reportedly told the Times that the infiltration attempt carried by the United States into the North Korean networks was important in persuading US President Barack Obama to publicly charge North Korea of carrying out the cyber hack on Sony in November last year.
Even after the US accused North Korea of the Sony hack, skepticism continued to grow in the cyber security world over Pyongyang’s role in the entire episode. According to several analysts, the United States has not provided enough public evidence for their accusation.
Frank Feinstein, a North Korea watcher with NKNews.Org and Computer expert, said that this is why the United States acknowledged hacking into the network systems of North Korea.
“It is not in their interest to admit this. They are doing it because obviously the public is not buying that North Korea hacked Sony,” said Feinstein.
The news about the US once having access to North Korean computer networks came as a big surprise to many.
Being largely disconnected from the worldwide Internet, North Korea has long been considered as one of the toughest targets for cyber intelligence in the world.