Author and analyst Gordon Chang told Bloomberg News on December 22 that he believes that the cyberattack on Sony Pictures originated in China. “I think these attacks originated in China. US intelligence sources have been telling various media organizations that the attacks did not originate in North Korea. And if they started in China, that would be consistent with a lot of what we know of the China/North Korea relationship.”
While Chang said that open source intelligence has not averred his thesis, there are reports that the hackers (known as ‘Guardians of Peace’) did use Chinese IP addresses to mount the attack on Sony.
“That means that China had to know what was going on because China has the Great Firewall, which is the most sophisticated and comprehensive set of Internet controls, and they know that everything that goes out and comes back. And we know that on these Sony attacks that the North Koreas took at least one hundred terabytes of documents. So, clearly, the Chinese knew what was going on inside their borders where North Korean cyberhackers are located on a permanent basis.”
Chang is the author of ‘The Coming Collapse of China,” and appeared on the Bloomberg network.