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[liberationtech] confused by the Sony hack

Gregory Foster gfoster at
Mon Dec 22 08:00:31 PST 2014

On 12/21/14 11:58 PM, Julio Cesar Fort wrote:
> I'm no expert in cyber war but since when a nation-state intrusion
> involves dropping docs, exposing corporate secrets, leaking upcoming
> movies in Bittorrent and changing the wallpapers of employees's
> workstations? If this was really a government-sponsored attack, it
> sets a very strange precedent that puts nation-state attacks in
> parallel with hacktivists trying to prove a point.

Hacktivists are part of the threat model advanced by the US Executive.
Asserting shared techniques between "[c]ommonly recognized
cyber-aggressors" serves to validate that threat model.

CRS (Dec 15) - "The 2013 Cybersecurity Executive Order: Overview and
Considerations for Congress":

> Cyberhacktivists
> Cyberhacktivists are individuals who perform cyberattacks for pleasure, or for philosophical or other nonmonetary reasons. Examples include someone who attacks a technology system as a personal challenge (who might be termed a “classic” hacker), and a "hacktivist" such as a member of the cyber-group Anonymous who undertakes an attack for political reasons. The activities of these groups can range from simple nuisance-related denial of service attacks to disrupting government and private corporation business processes.


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