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Case Study 2: Sony Pictures Attack


Case Study 2: Sony Pictures Attack

Due Week 5 and worth 80 points
Go to the CNN Money website to read the article titled “What caused Sony hack: What we know now,” dated December 24, 2014, located at Further research this incident using quality and reputable resources.
Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Briefly summarize the details of the evidence that is known about the attack on Sony Pictures, including the   reasons why the FBI identified North Korea as the perpetrator of the attack.
  2. Determine whether or not you agree with the opinion of the security professionals quoted in the article that anyone could’ve perpetrated this attack and that placing the blame on North Korea may have been hasty and incorrect. Justify your stance.
  3. Analyze and explain what you believe the correct forensic investigative action would have been once the attack was uncovered if you were a security professional working for Sony Pictures.
  4. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
  • Identify the role of computer forensics in responding to crimes and solving business challenges.
  • Outline system forensics issues, laws, and skills.
  • Identify the procurement of evidence in physical andvirtualizedenvironments.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in computer forensics.
  • Write clearly and concisely about computer forensics topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Title: Case Study 2: Sony Pictures Attack
Length: 8 pages (1200 Words)
Style: APA


Sony Pictures Attack

The FBI presented evidence asserting that North Korea was responsible for the attack but after a closer examination, hackers and security experts stated that any other person could have managed to facilitate the attack. They further stated that the attack could have been done by profit-seeking hackers, North Korea, a disgruntled Sony employee, or a combination of the three (Debenham, 2014). The details of the attack stated that hackers used computer servers in Cypress, Italy, Poland, Bolivia, the United States, and Thailand to attack Sony (Barrett & Kipper, 2010). The FBI linked the IP addresses associated with the servers to North Korea and the malware that was used against Sony were similar to those previously developed by North Korea. In addition, the computer-wiping software that was used against Sony was used against Sony was also used against South Korean banks in a 2013 attack.


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