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North Korea wasn’t behind the Sony hacks. Experts believe that it was likely the work of disgruntled ex employees

Reports the New York Post:

One leading cybersecurity firm, Norse Corp., said Monday it has narrowed its list of suspects to a group of six people — including at least one Sony veteran with the necessary technical background to carry out the attack, according to reports.

The investigation of the Sony hacking by the private companies stands in stark contrast to the finding of the FBI, which said Dec. 19 its probe traced the hacking — which ended up foiling the planned wide release of the Hollywood studio’s “The Interview” — to North Korea.

Kurt Stammberger, senior vice president at Norse, said he used Sony’s leaked human-resources documents and cross-referenced the data with communications on hacker chat rooms and its own network of Web sensors to determine it was not North Korea behind the hack.

“When the FBI made this announcement, just a few days after the attack was made public, it raised eyebrows in the community because it’s hard to do that kind of an attribution that quickly — it’s almost unheard of,” Stammberger told Bloomberg News in a telephone interview from San Francisco.

“All the leads that we did turn up that had a Korean connection turned out to be dead ends,” he said.

The FBI and the State Department is sticking with their version of events. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters, “The United States government has concluded that the North Korean government is responsible for this attack. And we stand by that conclusion.”

North Korea denied involvement in the hacks from the beginning.

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