Inside job: Lizard Squad and ex-Sony employees likely aided North Korea’s hack attack

lizard squad and ex sony employees likely involved in hack hacker shutterstock
Unless you’ve been living under a (terribly remote) rock for the past month or so, you know the story by now. Seth Rogen and James Franco’s latest comedic production, about a far-fetched Kim Jong-Un assassination plot, infuriated the North Korean dictator, who ordered a cyber-hit on Sony Pictures.

The entertainment giant suffered great losses on the heels of its servers’ breakdown, as heaps of sensitive, confidential and outright embarrassing information made its illicit way online. The full impact of the hack attack on Sony’s reputation and financial status remains hard to measure, but at least the authorities are onto the perpetrators.

And the co-conspirator hints are beginning to pile up. Reports now claim the self-titled “Guardians of Peace” may have been aided and abetted by a separate notorious cybercrime ring, Lizard Squad, and disgruntled former Sony employees.

Ruining Christmas for gamers worldwide wasn’t the recently unmasked members of Lizard Squad kept busy. While they didn’t play a “large part” in Sony’s hack, they “handed over some Sony employee logins” to the brains behind the intrusion.

That’s according to an alleged administrator of the group, who was surprisingly candid and forward in a Washington Post interview. Almost too forward. Before you even think it, yes, the prestigious publication verified this “Ryan Cleary’s” affiliation with the Lizard Squad and. That doesn’t guarantee his claims are correct, however.

Cleary touched on a number of topics including the Christmas DDoS raids on Sony and Microsoft and Lizard Squad’s beef with the Tor network, which the hackers hoped to prove isn’t as safe and anonymous as people think.

He poked fun at Microsoft, which apparently put up no resistance to recent attacks, despite numerous preceding warnings. And last but not least, he confirmed his crew of cyber-criminals supplied the Guardians of Peace with “a couple” of Sony employee login credentials “for the initial hack.”

Researchers from the security firm Norse Corporation, meanwhile, have found “indicators” suggesting unhappy former Sony workers may have collaborated with mysterious pro-piracy hacktivists, which diverted the attention from them by throwing the blame on North Korea.

It appears, then, that there’s plenty of blame (and credit) to go around. Keep in mind, however, that so far the FBI has no wavered from its


Huawei’s Eyewear smartglasses aim to fuse fashion and tech

At its launch event for the new P30 and P30 Pro smartphones, Huawei surprised us with a pair of smart glasses. Created through a partnership with Gentle Monster, these glasses are designed to be stylish and act like a Bluetooth headset.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

Don’t be fooled! Study exposes most popular phishing email subject lines

Phishing emails are on the rise and a new study out by the cybersecurity company Barracuda has exposed some of the most common phishing email subject lines used to exploit businesses. 

The best of the last generation: Our 50 favorite Xbox 360 games

The Xbox 360 thrived during a generation where games were plentiful. Here's our list of the best Xbox 360 games of all time, including all game genres and even a few special indie hits.

From hot rods to budget sleepers, our favorite desktops can handle anything

Are laptops overrated? Experience the power offered by the best desktop computers on the market today, whether you're in need of a budget solution or a fire-breathing, $4,000 premium gaming rig.

Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.
Product Review

HP’s gem-cut Spectre x360 15 is the most powerful 2-in-1 you can buy

HP’s 2019 Spectre x360 15 brings this massive 2-in-1 up to speed, literally. It now equips the same six-core Intel CPU as the rest of the 15-inch field, along with a real GPU for some 1080p gaming.

Man pleads guilty to scamming Facebook and Google out of more than $100M

One of the men behind an elaborate fraud that saw Facebook and Google each hand over tens of millions of dollars has admitted to his part in the scheme. Lithuanian Evaldas Rimasauskas faces up to 30 years in a U.S. jail.

Ditch the background from your photos with these handy editing tools

Need to know how to remove the background from an image? Whether you prefer to use a premium program like Photoshop or one of the many web-based alternatives currently in existence, we'll show you how.

Yes, you can use Android apps on your Chromebook. Here's how

You can now get Android apps on your Chromebook! Google has enabled the Google Play Store app support on its Chrome OS and Chromebook hardware, so to get you started, here's our guide on how to get Android apps on a Chromebook.

Zipping files on a Chromebook? Follow these four easy steps

Chromebooks support file compression, though they work a little differently than on Windows or Mac. Here's the step-by-step process to zipping files on a Chromebook, and then unzipping them again for extraction.

Tired of all that white? Here's how to change the Google background image

Did you know that you can change how your Google search home page looks? It's a simple process to pick a new theme: We'll show you how to change your Google background, what to look for in themes, and how to download your own pictures for a…

These big, beautiful BenQ gaming monitors are on sale on Amazon right now

All gamers know that a good monitor is just as important as PC hardware to fully enjoy what today's games have to offer. BenQ makes some of the best (including some of our favorites), and three top-rated BenQ gaming monitors are on sale on…

The best Raspberry Pi 3 kits for coders, gamers, and DIY projects

The Raspberry Pi 3 is a low-budget computing platform capable of doing just about anything. We rounded up a handful of the best Raspberry Pi 3 bundles to get you started on a variety of DIY projects.