National (In)Security

President Obama and Ambassador Susan Rice have both pontificated that the attacks on Sony Corporation Entertainment (SCE) represent a threat to the national security of the United States. Really? More than the hacks on Home Depot, Target, JP Morgan Chase, and the PlayStation and Xbox networks?  How do we decide which hacks are “national” security and…

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The Problem With North Korean Sanctions

On January 2, 2015 President Barak Obama first imposed sanctions on North Korea for their alleged participation in the attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment — that is, if they did it.  This is advertised as the first salvo in what the President promises will be a “proportional” response. These unilateral sanctions have a number of…

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Footlong Subs and 16 Gb iPhones

Imagine buying a 1,200 square foot apartment.  There’s a kitchen, 2 lovely bathrooms, two bedrooms with closets, a living room, a family room, and even a small den. But after you buy the apartment, you whip out a tape measure, and after a few calculations, you find that there are only 980 square feet of…

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What If It Wasn’t North Korea?

We all know the headlines.  The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, under the personal direction of Supreme Leader (Dear Leader) Kim Jung-Un, launched a sophisticated and devastating attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), designed to prevent the release of its motion picture “The Interview” which depicted the assassination of the North Korean leader. This attack was…

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Force Majeure – Why Sony Doesn’t Want War

So the FBI now concludes that the North Korean government is responsible for attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment. This conclusion is based on the Bureau’s analysis of the malware (similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks used before by North Korea); overlap in hardcoded IP addresses in the malware…

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