FBI has evidence to prove North Korea has been behind the Sony attacks. Meanwhile, GOP’s presence continues and a Sony leak may have shown us the Xperia Z4.
With North Korea as the main suspect in Sony’s hack and some terror threats being made to any theater that played The Interview, it wasn’t long before USA intelligence got involved. The FBI has stepped in today with a formal statement, in which they give credit to North Korea for the Sony hacks.
To summarize, they have evidence on hacking techniques, code sequences, IP addresses and other tools that link this hack to previous North Korean-led hacks. Furthermore, the attack is seen as not only an attack on Sony, but an attack on Americans and their right to express themselves.
Opinion: Things have escalated pretty quick, guys. This just got very serious.
Meanwhile, at the hidden side of this equation, the hackers are still causing trouble for Sony Pictures. They are no doubt pleased with Sony canceling the film, something they have made very clear. The hackers call Sony’s decision “very wise” and that “it will be very useful for them”.
They go on to mention they will keep their files away from public hands if, and only if, they never release the movie in any form. In addition, they want Sony to remove any trace that The Interview ever existed. That would include promotional material, trailers and the like.
Opinion: We all know that anything that goes online never really goes away. Especially when it comes to popular things like movie trailers. Someone out there already downloaded these, and will likely make them public. To me, this is a very unreasonable request.
While no good has probably come from this whole Sony Pictures ordeal, some of us Sony fans do get a nice treat out of this. Leaks of what could be the Sony Xperia Z4 have come out of files pertaining to Spectre, the next James Bond movie.
It seems Sony was looking to bring this device in for product placement. The email at hand does label these as “Z4 phones”, and it goes as far as stating they will be released in May and November, which goes along the lines of when Sony usually releases its Z and Z Compact devices.
Opinion: If these leaks are to be believed, it seems Sony is going back to the square-edged design from the Z2. It will be interesting, as one of the Z3’s biggest improvements was the rounded edges.