The Sony Hack and North Korea

You've likely heard that North Korea hacked and threatened Sony because of The Interview, a Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy that was due to be released later this month. It's all over the place, but I don't believe that's what's happened here.

Yes, I believe Sony was hacked. By the sounds of it, they were super hacked, if that's a thing. 100 terabytes of data has been stolen from Sony servers, but I don't believe North Korea is behind that and I don't believe it had anything to do with The Interview.

Here's a good timeline of events. You'll see this all started on November 24. There was absolutely no link made between the cyber attack and The Interview until Sony Pictures made the inference in a report five days later.

Marc Rogers, a whitehat hacker and security evangelist, explains why this most likely has nothing to do with North Korea. He points to the broken English that "reads to me like an English speaker pretending to be bad at writing English" and the changing of language/locale of the computer before compiling the code. He makes a compelling argument, and combined with what we know about North Korean computing, it seems rather unlikely that North Korea could pull this off.

Then, there's this:

It’s clear from the hard-coded paths and passwords in the malware that whoever wrote it had extensive knowledge of Sony’s internal architecture and access to key passwords. While it’s plausible that an attacker could have built up this knowledge over time and then used it to make the malware, Occam’s razor suggests the simpler explanation of an insider. It also fits with the pure revenge tact that this started out as.

Whoever did this is in it for revenge. The info and access they had could have easily been used to cash out, yet, instead, they are making every effort to burn Sony down. Just think what they could have done with passwords to all of Sony’s financial accounts? With the competitive intelligence in their business documents? From simple theft, to the sale of intellectual property, or even extortion – the attackers had many ways to become rich. Yet, instead, they chose to dump the data, rendering it useless. Likewise, I find it hard to believe that a “Nation State” which lives by propaganda would be so willing to just throw away such an unprecedented level of access to the beating heart of Hollywood itself.

But what about Sony's claim, soon to be supported by the United States government, that North Korea is behind these attacks in an effort to stop The Interview from being released? Sorry, but that's far too convenient for everyone involved.

Sony is under immense scrutiny for their massive security failure, and blaming North Korea is the easiest way out for management. Tying this threat to North Korea also helps with the US political agenda. Everybody wins with this convenient spin.

And meanwhile, there's this lousy comedy that was sure to be a dog with fleas and is suddenly the water cooler topic of the day. At some point, Sony can release The Interview and it will become an American's patriotic duty to see it. Talk about taking very sour lemons and making lemonade!

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To summarize, I believe the hack was real, but it had nothing to do with The Interview and North Korea is not behind it. I'm basing this on everything I've read on the subject, and we'll see if I'm right.

Meanwhile, Sony is fucked. Security matters, and they just found out the hard way. What do you think of this developing story?

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Who is BlackBerry Targeting With the BlackBerry Classic?

BlackBerry has begun selling the BlackBerry Classic, a phone that looks an awful lot like the BlackBerries we knew and loved in 2009.

There's a physical keyboard, navigation buttons and a trackpad. That leaves you with a 3.5-inch 720×720 screen. Nobody who already left Blackberry for an iPhone, Android or Windows phone would possibly be interested in the Classic, so I'm guessing the target market for this device are the very few still using a BlackBerry Bold.

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Is that enough to save BlackBerry?

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Don't Tell Me How To Celebrate Christmas

My friend's brother just posted this picture to Instagram. It's a sign currently on his front porch.

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I don't understand why it's any of his business how I celebrate Christmas. Why can't he celebrate Christmas his way with his family, friends and church without interfering with how anyone else celebrates this holiday. Why does he care and what business of his is it?

There is no Christ in my Christmas. The believers in my family have Santa, and I have an excuse to see friends and family, drink eggnog and consume vast amounts of chocolate. That's how I celebrate Christmas, and because the kids get a couple of weeks off, I'm taking off some time to hang with them.

Don't tell me what I'm doing is wrong and I promise not to erect a sign on my lawn chastising you for being an adult who believes in fairytales.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 102: Scot Turner

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 101In this 102nd episode, Mike chats with Spirit of Radio Sunday host Scot Turner about his many years on CFNY and Energy 108, what's next for Spirit of Radio Sunday on Edge 102 and why he keeps changing the spelling of his first name. This episode is exactly 1:03:26.

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It's Time I Jinx Our Teams Again

Of course, I'm kidding with that title. There's no such thing as a jinx. There's nothing I can say or write on this blog that will have any effect on our professional sports teams.

I catch every Leafs and Raptors game I can, and lately, it's been pure joy. The Leafs are 9-1-1 since getting hammered by Nashville. The Raptors have been hot all season, now 19-6, good for first place in the Eastern Conference.

I'm so jazzed about how well my teams are playing, I'm documenting this moment for posterity. Here are your red hot Raptors leading the East.

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And here are your red hot Leafs, winners of 5 in a row.

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Good times...

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Tuesday Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Tuesday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

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Michael Jordan Was Better Than Kobe Bryant

Guys my age all know someone older who tells us Bobby Orr was the greatest hockey player of all-time. Guys my age all say it was Wayne Gretzky. It really is a generational thing, and since they played such different positions, it's really impossible to use analytics to say definitively who was better.

In the NBA, guys my age all think Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T. If you're in your late 20s, you might think Kobe Bryant was/is better, but you'd be wrong.

Every way you look at it, Jordan was better than Bryant. Check out these metrics from FiveThirtyEight.

According to most advanced metrics, Jordan was better than Bryant at both ends of the floor. (This is true even if we restrict both players to the same block of seasons by age so we’re comparing apples to apples. Kobe entered the NBA at age 18, and he’s 36 now; Jordan played from age 21 to 34, retired and played again from age 38 to 39. So their overlapping years are 21 to 34.)

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Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list yesterday, but he's never been better than Jordan. Jordan is the best, and it's not even close.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 101: Siobhan Morris of NEWSTALK 1010

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 101In this 101st episode, Mike chats with NEWSTALK 1010 reporter Siobhan Morris about all things CFRB, her reporter voice, her visit to Fordfest and why she adopted the Red Sox as her team. This episode is exactly 1:11:37.

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Pillow Talk

I sleep on a very low, almost flat pillow. It's polar fleece and barely raises my head above the mattress. I don't think pillows come much lower than this one.

It's always been my preference. When it comes to pillows, I guess you could say I'm a minimalist. Whenever I'm at a hotel or somewhere with regular height pillows, I struggle to sleep and usually decide I'm better off with no pillow at all. I find the regular height pillows strain my neck.

My wife can't believe I'm able to sleep on my pillow, as hers is much higher. Funnily enough, I feel the same way about her pillow. When it comes to pillows, we're on opposite ends of the spectrum.

What's your pillow preference for sleeping? Low, medium, high or other?

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How to Traumatize an Infant

Jarvis meets Santa

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