We've just heard today that the US government is blaming North Korea for the hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, and that it could respond to this attack. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that this was an example of "destructive activity with malicious intent that was initiated by a sophisticated actor."
The Obama administration said that it needed a "proportional response," but personally, wouldn't the Obama administration need to not only provide the American people with proof, but the world at large? Let's put the shoe on the other foot. Let's say China was hacked, with the Chinese government coming out and saying that it had proof that the US government was behind it. The world would want damning proof. Undeniable evidence that the US government would do such a thing to the Chinese, everyone would want to see it.
Sony is a Japanese company, but the US seem to be stepping in and taking not only all of the responsibility for a counter-attack, but are coming out blaming them without providing proof. Will this happen?
This could end up being a lot messier than most have thought, because if North Korea wasn't behind the attack, this could be poking the bear with a very, very big and hard stick. But before all of that happens, for a country that is pretty much in the stone ages, how did they get the smarts to hack one of the biggest companies in the world and evade the FBI, NSA, and all of their spy systems like PRISM? We've learned since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came out and then on the run, that pretty much everything that is connected to the Internet, is recorded, bagged and tagged by various government agencies.
All of this spying power, all of this brain power, and a country that is at least 50 years behind them technologically, beat them. Now, we're hearing that the US wants to respond, like it was a terrorist attack, but will the people buy it? Will you buy it?