The NYT Disgracefully Suggests North Korean Responsibility for Last Friday’s Global Malware Attack

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by Stephen Lendman
The Times provides daily reasons to ignore its disinformation and fake news.
Citing unnamed intelligence and private security officials, it claimed “new digital clues point to North-Korean-linked hackers as likely suspects” for what happened – while admitting no incriminating evidence exists, adding:
“(I)t could be weeks, (maybe) months, before investigators” learn the origin of attacks, possibly never knowing names of culprits.
At this stage, blaming anyone for what happened is irresponsible – impossible to know unless and until reliable evidence is found. None so far exists.
None on phony accusations of Russia US election hacking, yet the blame game against US adversaries persists, greatly aided by scurrilous scoundrel media reports.
Maybe CIA, NSA or FBI hackers launched Friday’s malware attack, intending to blame it on one or more US adversaries, surprisingly not Russia so far. Maybe later on.
Hackers can easily plant false signals, pointing away from themselves, targeting others. US intelligence agencies notoriously point fingers the wrong way. So do Washington officials and media scoundrels serving their interests – willfully misleading the public.
In 2014, Pyongyang was falsely accused of retaliating against “The Interview,” a Sony Pictures film, negatively portraying Kim Jong-un, including a plot to assassinate him. 
Nearly 140 GBs of internal Sony data and communications were released, at the time perhaps the largest ever breach of corporate records, including film scripts, proposals and pending projects.
No evidence implicated DPRK responsibility for what happened. It was falsely blamed for what it had nothing to do with.
Around the same time, Pyongyang was accused of plotting attacks on US nuclear plants, involving commando units training internally in America, sounding more like a grade B Hollywood film plot than reality.
No attacks occurred. FBI officials claimed no knowledge of subversive North Korean elements in America, no indication of any planned attacks.
What could Pyongyang possibly hope to achieve by launching any – other than its self-destruction if a plot was proved.
According to The Times, “(t)he computer code used in (Friday’s malware attack) bore some striking similarities to the code used in” 2014.
So-called “similarit(y)” at best is circumstantial, falling world’s short of reliably being able to lay blame where it belongs.
Hackers are clever enough to shift responsibility away from themselves. Individuals seeking monetary profits were likely responsible for Friday’s attack, not North Korea, Russia or another foreign nation – other than perhaps US or Israeli intelligence dirty tricks.
Stolen NSA malware was used for Friday’s attack. No evidence suggests North Korean or Russian responsibility.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.