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Hacker or Spy? In Today's Cyberattacks, Finding the Culprit Is a Troubling Puzzle

  • Bruce Schneier
  • March 4, 2015

The Sony hack revealed the challenges of identifying perpetrators of cyberattacks, especially as hackers can masquerade as government soldiers and spies, and vice versa. It’s a dangerous new dynamic for foreign relations, especially as what governments know about hackers – and how they know it – remains secret.

The vigorous debate after the Sony Pictures breach pitted the Obama administration against many of us in the cybersecurity community who didn’t buy Washington’s claim that North Korea was the culprit.

What’s both amazing—and perhaps a bit frightening—about that dispute over who hacked Sony is that it happened in the first place…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.