North Korea Sony Hack: We Weren’t Born Yesterday

While it might be a bit late to write about this incident, I am going to express my thoughts that I have collated during the course of this bullshit.

That is exactly what this is in my view – bullshit. Ever since I saw this on the CNN news in the morning, I knew that something smelt a bit off. What sparked my curiosity? An interview with (and get this), an NSA “IT expert”. He went on air, and discussed the “threat” that is being posed to America by North Korea due to these hacks on Sony and their parody of Kim Jong Un in the movie “The Interview”. I must say that if this guy is an expert, then I am an absolute God at making assumptions with regards to the cyber world and computers. He made absolutely no intelligent or deep comments about this issue whatsoever, he did not even try to confuse the audience or use complicated language that no one can understand as that usually works with most gullible viewers.

When asked about hackers in North Korea all he could say was “uhhh…there are probably a couple thousand in North Korea, uhhh….yeah….the Chinese are good too…uhhh and the Russians can do what they want.”

I mean…really?

Sorry, but to me it sounds like they desperately needed some guy to pretend to be an expert and talk about this on national television, and why did you only mention those three countries? Oh, that’s right, because those three are seen as America’s biggest “threats”. What a great way to turn ignorant viewers against these nations even more. I think CNN should wake up and put THIS on their ridiculist segment.

This guy also said that a 911 cyber equivalent would be an Internet blackout. That’s some great detail right there, I applaud you for your clear expertise in this area.

No but seriously, anyone with even the most basic knowledge of the Internet and even 4chan users know that an Internet 911 would equate to something much larger than a simple blackout. For example, all of your personal details would be leaked, your bank accounts would probably be drained, and life as we know it would stop (due to the importance the Internet plays in our lives). But I guess a paid actor wouldn’t know how to answer that on live camera now, would he?

Where is the evidence that North Korea even did this? When asked in this interview, all you could say was “we are still looking”, I hope that doesn’t mean that evidence is being planted because the American Government are the ones who did this. To me, it looks like the Red Scare version 2.0, it’s absolutely pathetic. I find it even more ironic that you decided to get someone from the NSA to talk about this issue, they are probably monitoring me as I am typing this right now (because, you know, spying on people isn’t a threat, right?). It’s as if America wanted to remind people that despite all of these terrorist attacks from ISIS and similar agendas, the North Koreans are still a threat! Don’t forget that people!

Some say that the name the hackers responsible have given themselves confirms that they are North Korean. No. The name they have given themselves, “the Guardians of Peace”, comes from a quote used by President Richard Nixon to describe South Korea. Why the hell would a group of clearly patriotic North Koreans name themselves after their neighbours, whom they hate so much?

Furthermore, North Korea only got Internet access in 2010, so either Sony’s security is really shit, or North Koreans have somehow learnt how to infiltrate the systems of mass corporations using limited resources. Doing this in a country that is so censored seems impossible, as googling “how to hack” would probably result in your nuts being cut off.

It has also been confirmed that the Guardians of Peace rickrolled the FBI in one of their messages, does that seem like North Korean humour to you? Does it even seem appropriate in such an apparently SERIOUS and DIRE situation? Something doesn’t seem right here.

Yesterday, it was reported that the Sony hackers “got sloppy” and posted things online from North Korean IP addresses. Wait a minute, you guys have said that you have had the best hackers in the country help the government figure out who has been doing this, it has been weeks now, and you have only JUST discovered this? I wasn’t born yesterday, it is not hard to find someone’s IP address, an experienced hacker can do that on my piece of shit 2010 MacBook.

In addition to this, surely your eyebrows raise when North Korea responds with something along the lines of “yes, what the hackers did was good, but we didn’t do it. If you do not participate in a joint investigation with us, we will get mad”. Well…there you go. Please also notice that ever since North Korea started fighting back and people have expressed suspicion, it has suddenly dropped from news sources all around the world. How convenient.

Whether or not this was an inside job by the American Government to scare people about North Korea, or a publicity scheme for the movie (that wasn’t even that offensive, pussies), or just a group of people having a laugh and showing how stupid and quick to blame the American Government are, I can say for a fact that the argument to suggest that this is just a load of shit is overwhelming and cannot be ignored. North Korea hacking? Learn to come up with better stories.

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Being An International Student In Melbourne

27th February 2013, this is the day I arrived in Melbourne to begin my university journey and to hopefully grow up a bit. Even though I had been to Melbourne several times before this, I still had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that I would be staying in a residential college called International House and studying professional communications at RMIT University in the heart of the city of Melbourne. I still remember the flight on the way over here, feeling nervous as I knew no one at all and I had to basically start again from scratch.

I have lived in Hong Kong for my whole life (no, this is not in Japan as seems to be the common belief here for some reason). Both my parents are British but I personally do not want anything to do with that country, so that was definitely not an option for me for university. One of the things that I noticed almost straight away was how expensive everything is here. In Hong Kong I would be paying less than 1 AUD for a can of coke and here it goes up to about 3 AUD, absolutely ridiculous. Even food that is intentionally made for people who do not have much to spend costs an arm and a leg; 8 – 10 AUD for a bowl of dumplings and noodles? Really? It’s funny because although almost everything seems to be extraordinarily expensive, property is not. Hong Kong is now the second most expensive place in the world for property due to a shortage of space and land reclamation. You know you have a problem when people are paying up to 250,000 AUD for a simple painted car parking space.

Despite my worries, making friends was no problem at all. People in Australia are very friendly and are always willing to talk about pretty much anything, and of course the International House vibe added to that too. Hong Kong is also one of the most densely populated places in the world and coming here where there is so much space was a refreshing change. Even though it takes me around 45 minutes to walk to RMIT, it is an easy and relaxed effort as I do not have to keep constantly changing speeds and keeping my arms out in front of me in order to move people who’s eyes are glued to their phone screens.

I am now undergoing the last half of my second year of studying and I feel that this will be my toughest semester yet. By being in Australia and being able to experience a more westernised approach to living, it will prove valuable to me in the workforce in the future for several reasons. I feel like I have been exposed to so many different people from so many different cultures that there is no one who I cannot strike up a random conversation with. I do not regret the decision to come here at all, and I would be happy to stay here and work after my degree if the opportunity arises.