No one in the U.S. government knows for sure that North Korea hacked into Sony. We cannot believe the FBI on this on their word alone. If they do know, they’re not providing a smoking gun, are they?
From what I have read by experts, it’s far more likely that disgruntled ex-employees who knew the Sony system are responsible. That’s my current belief. For North Korea to have done this makes no sense and doesn’t comport with its style.
Even if the North Korean government is responsible, what sense does it make for the U.S. government to impose sanctions on North Korea over the hacking of a Japanese company? Since when does the U.S. police computer hacking of private companies on an international scale? The U.S. and Israel are actively involved in attacking computers and developing new code to attack specific installations. STUXNET and DUQU are two examples. This is why the new sanctions cannot be rationalized by Obama as the policing of computer attacks.
Senator McCain thinks North Korea is responsible. He called the attack on Sony an act of war. But this is a truly extreme and ridiculous statement by a man who has lost all perspective, balance and judgmental capacity. Obama is not acting on that lamentably sorry excuse for rational thought.
Obama knows that North Korea didn’t hack Sony and he knows that he doesn’t have evidence to prove it. Obama is using the Sony hack as a pretext, which you can tell by looking at the targets of the sanctions. Only one of these is even possibly connected to hacking. Most all of them have to do with ballistic missiles, defense research, and hard weapons materials.
Obama’s sanctions are against KOMID which is the Korea Mining and Development Trading Corporation. This is “North Korea’s primary arms dealer and main exporter of equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons,” according to a Wikipedia source.2:49 pm on January 2, 2015