Did A Former Employee Attack Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)?


So much has been said concerning the embarrassing attack on Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s computer system. It is believed that a huge amount of data and information was stolen from the system of Sony Pictures. Some of the data or information is sensitive because they touch on trade secrets, employee salaries and other internal issues that is not suitable for the public. However, the attackers of Sony Pictures have been relentless letting that sensitive data out to the public, and this has continued to put executives at Sony in an awkward situation.

Insider hand in the attacks

Away from what was stolen from Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE), the other hot issue has been about who did it and what motivated the attack. Pundits have weighed in on the matter, but clearly opinions are varied. However, it is emerging that perhaps someone at Sony or previously at Sony may have orchestrated the attack on the electronics giant.

To some experts, pointing an accusing finger at North Korea for having planned and executed the attacks using some hired hackers may be grossly inaccurate. The reason is that the language used by the Guardia of Peace (GOP), which claimed responsibility for the attack, looks deliberately flawed. It seems to some analysts as though it is someone with good comprehension of English but trying to pretend to have bad English.

The passwords in the malware and the hard-coded paths that it exhibits have also led some experts to questions how much the attackers knew about the internal infrastructure of Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE). It seems as though the attackers had an extensive internal knowledge of Sony’s computer infrastructure, which further points to an insider being involved in the hacking.

Revenge signs

The fact that the attackers got access to a boatload of information and data that they could easily use to cash out from Sony and didn’t is also suspicious. It beats logic, according to experts, that with such data the attackers didn’t aim at Sony’s financial accounts but instead chose to render sensitive data useless. That may suggest the possibility of a revenge motive being behind the attacks and a former disgruntled employee could be the mastermind.

Not The Interview

There are several issues emerging from the attacks that seem to make experts believe that North Korea may not be involved in the hacking. Another of such issues is that The Interview, the controversial film about the North Korea leader, was never mentioned by the hackers from the start. It appears as though they only jumped on it after the media showed the way.