FBI provides evidence linking North Korea to Sony attacks, and found a “significant overlap” with “other malicious cyber activity” previously tied to Pyongyang. The U.S investigation seems to provide further evidence of North Korea´s blatant disregard for international norms and obligations.
“We will respond,” Obama told an end-of-year news conference. We’ll respond proportionally, and we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.” according to people familiar with the discussions. This is the first time the United States had directly accused another country of a cyber attack of such magnitude on American soil.
Cyber offense is getting easier. Cyber defense is getting more difficult. Without legal and diplomatic structures that can be used to govern the use of weaponized code, it is every country and company for itself. That means many more examples of hacks. What is important is that these hacks presage what is going to happen for years to come and at far greater cost than what is being imposed on Sony.
For national governments, at some point they are going to have to come together and develop, new rules such as the kind of norms and rule-setting that developed in the 1960s with nuclear weapons. It took a very long time for treaties and arms control agreements to develop following the invention of the atomic bomb. But, those treaties and arms control agreements helped to keep the world safe.