What These Hack Attack Experts Just Said Means Obama & The FBI May Have Jumped The Sony Gun

Obama Sony Hack

As Western Journalism reported 10 days ago, The FBI has officially named the North Korean government as the culprit behind the hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Even President Obama laid the blame for the massive cyber-security breach at the feet of Kim Jong Un’s authoritarian regime, a presidential move that led to North Korea’s pushing back hard against the accusation, escalating the war of words, as NBC News reported:

North Korea on Saturday accused the U.S. of shutting down internet service to the country in retaliation for its alleged hacking attack on Sony, and referred to President Barack Obama as “a monkey” in blaming him for the release of “The Interview.”

Now there’s a new development in the Sony saga that could support North Korea’s claim that it was not involved in the security breach or the posted threats related to the movie “The Interview.”

A number of news outlets, including politico.com, are reporting that web experts from a leading cyber intelligence company have presented an alternate theory of the attack to FBI agents investigating the Sony security breach.

According to these experts, the Sony hack was likely an inside job:

FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator….

Researchers from the cyber intelligence company Norse have said their own investigation into the data on the Sony attack doesn’t point to North Korea at all and instead indicates some combination of a disgruntled employee and hackers for piracy groups is at fault.

As of now, though, the FBI is standing by its rather rapidly drawn conclusion that North Korea was behind the devastating attack that has been so costly for Sony and its management.

“The FBI has concluded the Government of North Korea is responsible for the theft and destruction of data on the network of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Attribution to North Korea is based on intelligence from the FBI, the U.S. intelligence community, DHS, foreign partners and the private sector,” a spokeswoman [for the FBI] said in a statement.

Officials for the security firm Norse say they have uncovered evidence on six individuals primarily involved in the attack, including an ex-employee of Sony with detailed insider knowledge of the company’s IT network:

…a former decade-long Sony veteran who “worked in a technical role” and was laid off in May.

Norse previously identified the ex-employee as “Lena,” and said she claimed to have connection to the “Guardians of Peace” hacker group that took credit for the attack against Sony, which has so far resulted in leaked employee information, executives’ emails, unreleased films and the limiting of “The Interview” theatrical release in response to a terrorist threat.

And as the story of the Sony Hack attack continues to develop like the plot of a spy movie, questions are now being asked as to why President Obama and the FBI would rush to the public with their conclusions about an ongoing investigation and unsolved multi-faceted mystery that intrigues numerous cyber detectives outside of government.

Security expert Bruce Schneier called the evidence “circumstantial at best” and considered a number of other possible explanations.

CloudFlare principal researcher and DefCon official Marc Rogers wrote that the FBI’s indicators seem to rely on malware that is widely available for purchase and IP addresses easily hijacked by any bad guy.

Errata Security’s Robert Graham also noted the hacker underground shares plenty of code, calling the FBI’s evidence “nonsense.”

 

Image Credits: twitter

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Obama Will Betray America With Iran

Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign

Today, President Obama stated that he doesn’t rule out opening an embassy in Iran. This is the end game in a long line of decisions by President Obama to appease Iran and get a deal!

You see, the agenda for the Obama administration is not to increase the security of the United States globally and prevent further terrorism against the homeland or against our allies. No, the agenda of the Obama administration and their leftist allies is to weaken U.S. power abroad. They see the United States as the enemy and have attempted to destroy her power base since arriving in office six years ago.

The Iranians have been relentless in their campaign to lie, obfuscate, and extend deadlines over and over again to buy time to develop the bomb. Once they do, Katy bar the door. They will directly threaten our strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel. Obama, while relaxing sanctions on Iran, has leaked the idea of establishing sanctions on Israel. Iran has never retracted its stated desire to wipe the Jewish State off the map. They want to destroy Israel. When they get the bomb, they will do so.

Obama has enabled the Iranians in their strategy of lie and delay. John Kerry has been his instrument to bring the international community along in this effort. Obama just wants to say he has a deal, the security of the United States and our allies be damned. This is a concept he simply has never cared about.

Business Insider reports today, “Obama nevertheless insisted the US can empathize with the Islamic Republic’s demands regarding its nuclear program.” All this president has been doing since he took office is empathizing with dictators and terrorists who want to destroy the American way of life. To me, this is as obvious as my hand in front of my face.

Obama will give the Iranians what they want. He will allow them to develop nuclear weapons. He will normalize relations and give them credibility in the world as America’s friend. He will close his eyes to the people the Iranian terror forces kill in Israel and around the world. He will betray America and will not lose a minute of sleep over it.

 

Photo Credit: Barack Obama (Flickr)

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Obama Believes Iran Could Be A “Very Successful Regional Power”

obamairan

NPR recently posed questions to President Obama about Iran, specifically about opening a U.S. embassy in the country’s capital of Tehran.

Obama replied “never say never” to the question and said, “I think these things have to go in steps.”

He contrasted Cuba, which he called a tiny country that posed no threat, with Iran, which he called a large and sophisticated country.

Iran, he said, has a “track record of state-sponsored terrorism,” a history of attempting to build a nuclear weapon, and its anti-American attitude. He also said that its rhetoric has been incendiary when it comes to Israel.

Despite all of this, Obama believes that Iran could become a “very successful regional power.”

“That would be good for the United States, that would be good for the region, and most of all, it would be good for the Iranian people.”

Obama believes that the basis of improving relations over time with Iran is the country giving up on the development of nuclear weapons:

“If Iran recognizes that it is in its own interests, having already said that they’re actually not interested in developing a nuclear weapon, to go ahead and prove that to the world, so that over time as it’s verified, sanctions are removed, their economy begins to grow, they’re reintegrated into the international community — if we can take that big first step, then my hope would be that that would serve as the basis for us trying to improve relations over time.”

What do you think? Is reconciliation with Iran as Obama envisions possible, or is it an illusion?

 

h/t The Right Scoop

Photo Credit: WhiteHouse.gov

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

What Obama Just Said About Race Relations In America Will Cause A Lot Of Heads To Spin

Obama Race Relations

Shortly after Barack Obama clinched the Democrat nomination for the presidency in 2008, a poll released by the Washington Post-ABC News showed that most Americans believed Obama could transform race relations in America.

Almost six in ten people told the pollsters that they believed Obama’s candidacy had the potential to transform the country’s racial politics.

But as reported by bloomberg.com shortly after the recent midterm elections, people now believe that President Obama has indeed had quite an impact on race relations…though not in a positive way:

Early exit polling reported by CNN shows that 39% of Americans believe that race relations have gotten worse of late—the same percentage as believe they have stayed the same.

This is a discouraging turn of opinion since President Obama, the country’s first black president, took office.

Then, Bloomberg Politics conducted its own poll and found similar results on the negative side of the race relations question:

…a majority of Americans, 53 percent, say the interactions between the white and black communities have deteriorated since [Obama] took office, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll.

Those divisions are laid bare in the split reactions to the decisions by two grand juries not to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y.

One hardly needs polling to see that racial tensions have lately been running extremely high in the wake of the Ferguson and Staten Island incidents. A number of community and civil rights leaders have been blaming rampant racism in America for the deep distrust and divisions between law enforcement and communities of color.

And now, in the midst of all this — despite the evidence that runs firmly against his opinion — President Obama declares that the United States is “less racially divided” now than it was when he took office.

As we learn from a post at weeklystandard.com, Obama made the head-spinning comment in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR):

The president was responding to this question, from NPR host Steve Inskeep, “Is the United States more racially divided than it was when you took office six years ago, Mr. President?”

“No, I actually think that it’s probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided. But I actually think that the issue has surfaced in a way that probably is healthy,” Obama responded.

And in a piece posted at nypost.com, there’s further compelling evidence that Obama appears strangely out of touch with racial reality in America — a worsening reality that many critics believe the president himself helped to create:

A Pew Research Center poll found that only 40% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling race relations. Black approval is down to 57%, while approval among whites is down to 33%.

More young people under age 30, the age group who were most enthusiastic about electing the nation’s first African-American president, now disapprove of his performance on racial issues than approve.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Obama May Have Destroyed The Democratic Party For A Generation

2228158870_2f09f32711_b

Although our Dear Leader is strutting around like a peacock, enjoying his last two years of lawlessness and his destruction of American foreign policy and security, there may be a silver-lining in his flurry of executive actions and coddling of dictators and rogue regimes around the world. I believe President Obama is destroying the future of the Democratic Party for the foreseeable future.

America, at it’s core, is a right-of-center country. The people are basically conservative and want sound government policy and decisions. This is why you hear so much in the mainstream media about “broken government” and the “do-nothing-Congress.” They know the people want to have adults in charge of the country. The Democratic Party has been devastatingly effective in manipulating the low-information-voters with their demonization of conservative politics and politicians. They have blamed the Republicans and “wing-nut” Tea Partiers for all of the country’s problems. If the country could just have progressive leadership, they say, then we would have a utopia.

Well, America has now experienced this leftist nirvana for six years now. The problem for the Democrats is that they can no longer blame Bush.

We have an incompetent (I prefer intentional) destruction of American security interest around the world. We have squandered the blood and treasure spent in the Middle East. Dictators and rogue regimes are rising that no one could foresee during the latter years of the Bush administration. The economy is finally starting to show some life six years into the recovery. However, this can be attributed to a drop in oil prices, not Obama’s policies. A drop in energy costs that Obama and his minions tried very hard to prevent (think Keystone Pipeline and no hydraulic fracturing on federal lands).

We have bureaucratic incompetence at every level. The IRS, FEC, Secret Service, VA, etc. been riddled with scandal and criminality, the level of which we may not know for years until a Republican administration can investigate thoroughly. The Obamacare disaster is another example. I don’t need to go on here. You know what I’m talking about.

The American public has seen all of this. They have seen how nothing works under Obama. They have seen the gangster behavior–and they don’t like any of it. They have seen cops shot in New York. They have seen the race baiting from senior officials and the president himself. In short, America has seen the socialist nirvana first hand. They see it will not end well.

That is why the Republican party is now more popular than the Democrats. That is why Republicans control Congress and most state governments. That is why people are moving from blue states to red.

I believe the Democratic Party has destroyed itself for a generation. I believe you will see a new, competent, adult leadership rise within the Republican Party. The country can no longer afford to allow a small group of communist extremists to dictate the future of our country. Soon, with Hillary’s defeat, they will be banished from power for a long time. I predict a new American century.

 

Photo Credit: Anthony Baker (Flickr)

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom