Científicos ya piensan en cómo revertir un apocalipsis fruto de la Inteligencia Artificial – El Mostrador

Consistió en una suerte de juegos apocalípticos de IA que organizaron a alrededor de 40 científicos, expertos en ciberseguridad y especialistas en políticas en grupos de atacantes (equipo rojo) y defensores (equipo azul) que reprodujeron escenarios catastróficos en IA, desde manipulación del mercado bursátil hasta guerra global.

Fuente: Científicos ya piensan en cómo revertir un apocalipsis fruto de la Inteligencia Artificial – El Mostrador


EE.UU. ‘quebrantó’ las redes informáticas de Corea del Norte en 2010 – El Mostrador

EE.UU. ‘quebrantó’ las redes informáticas de Corea del Norte en 2010 – El Mostrador.

La Agencia de Seguridad Nacional logró romper las barreras informáticas en 2010 y entrar en los sistemas norcoreanos a través de las redes chinas que conectan a este país con el resto del mundo.

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Estados Unidos “quebrantó” las redes informáticas de Corea del Norte en 2010 y por eso supo que el país estaba detrás del ataque a Sony Pictures, reportaron The New York Times y Der Spiegel.

Corea del Norte dedicó dos meses a entrar en los sistemas de Sony después de que la empresa anunciara sus planes para producir una comedia sobre el asesinato del líder de este país, titulada “The Interview”.

La Agencia de Seguridad Nacional logró romper las barreras informáticas en 2010 y entrar en los sistemas norcoreanos a través de las redes chinas que conectan a este país con el resto del mundo.

Corea del Norte ha negado repetidamente su responsabilidad en el ciberataque contra Sony.


NSA Played Key Role Linking North Korea to Sony Hack – The Intercept

NSA Played Key Role Linking North Korea to Sony Hack – The Intercept.

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National Security Agency data and technical analysis assisted in the U.S. government’s attribution of the Sony cyber attack to North Korea, Admiral Michael Rogers said on Thursday.

“We partner with the Department of Homeland Security and FBI in various areas and this is one such area,” Rogers, the NSA director, said in response to a question from a reporter with The Daily Beast about the agency’s role, if any, in the attribution of the Sony attack to North Korea.


Obama autoriza sanciones a Corea del Norte tras el ciberataque a Sony | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Obama autoriza sanciones a Corea del Norte tras el ciberataque a Sony | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

Un canal de Corea del Sur emite una noticia sobre Sony. / AHN YOUNG-JOON (AP)

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, ha dado este viernes su autorización para aumentar las sanciones contra el régimen de Corea del Norte. Según ha explicado la Casa Blanca, la medida es una respuesta a las “continuadas acciones y políticas provocadoras, desestabilizadoras y represivas” de Pyongyang. Especialmente, ha subrayado, por el “ciberataque coercitivo y destructivo contra Sony Pictures” tras la producción de la película La Entrevista.

Esta comedia sobre dos periodistas reclutados por la CIA para asesinar al líder norcoreano, Kim Jong-un, desató las iras y amenazas de Corea del Norte el mes pasado, hasta el punto de que Sony llegó a cancelar su estreno en cartelera, previsto el día de Navidad. Finalmente, tras fuertes críticas por el paso atrás, incluso de Obama, la cinta fue exhibida en varios centenares de cine independientes y a través de plataformas digitales de pago, en lo que fue descrito en EE UU como una manera de defender la libertad de expresión.

Aunque algunos especialistas en informática han puesto en duda la versión oficial, el Gobierno de Obama y el FBI insisten en señalar a Pyongyang como el responsable del ataque informático contra Sony a finales de noviembre. Una posición reiterada este viernes por altos funcionarios del Gobierno al desgranar las sanciones autorizadas por Obama, quien reafirma de esta manera también su señalamiento hacia Corea del Norte.

“Mientras el FBI continúa su investigación sobre el ciberataque, estas nuevas medidas dejan claro que haremos uso de un amplio abanico de herramientas para defender los negocios estadounidenses y a sus ciudadanos, y para responder a los intentos de minar nuestros valores o de amenazar la seguridad nacional de EE UU”, ha declarado por su parte el secretario del Tesoro, Jacob Lew.

Su departamento es el encargado de aplicar las nuevas sanciones, que afectan a tres empresas norcoreanas y a diez altos funcionarios del régimen de Kim y responsables de las entidades afectadas. Su designación bloquea cualquier activo de los afectados en territorio estadounidense y les deniega también otro tipo de acceso al sistema financiero norteamericano. Además, prohíbe a cualquier empresa o ciudadano de EE UU realizar cualquier tipo de transacción con los sancionados.


North Korea/Sony Story Shows How Eagerly U.S. Media Still Regurgitate Government Claims – The Intercept

North Korea/Sony Story Shows How Eagerly U.S. Media Still Regurgitate Government Claims – The Intercept.

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The identity of the Sony hackers is still unknown. President Obama, in a December 19 press conference, announced: “We can confirm that North Korea engaged in this attack.” He then vowed: “We will respond. . . . We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States.”

The U.S. Government’s campaign to blame North Korea actually began two days earlier, when The New York Times – as usual – corruptly granted anonymity to “senior administration officials” to disseminate their inflammatory claims with no accountability. These hidden “American officials” used the Paper of Record to announce that they “have concluded that North Korea was ‘centrally involved’ in the hacking of Sony Pictures computers.” With virtually no skepticism about the official accusation, reporters David Sanger and Nicole Perlroth deemed the incident a “cyberterrorism attack” and devoted the bulk of the article to examining the retaliatory actions the government could take against the North Koreans.

The same day, The Washington Post granted anonymity to officials in order to print this:

Other than noting in passing, deep down in the story, that North Korea denied responsibility, not a shred of skepticism was included byPost reporters Drew Harwell and Ellen Nakashima. Like the NYT, the Postdevoted most of its discussion to the “retaliation” available to the U.S.


Sony hack: sacked employees could be to blame, researchers claim | Film | The Guardian

Sony hack: sacked employees could be to blame, researchers claim | Film | The Guardian.

Sony cancelled the release of the Interview in major cinemas, believing it had been hacked by North Korea in retaliation for the film’s depiction of its leader Kim Jong-un being assasinated Photograph: Veronique Dupont/Getty

Security experts investigating the devastating hack against Sony Pictures appear to be moving away from the theory that the attack was a carried out by North Korea, focusing instead on disgruntled former employees of the firm.

Researchers at Norse cybersecurity claim that six former employees could have compromised the company’s networks, arguing that accessing and navigating selective information would take a detailed knowledge of Sony’s systems.

Norse is not part of the official FBI investigation, but did brief the government on Monday, the company said. Though noting that the findings are “hardly conclusive”, Norse senior vice president Kurt Stammberger told the Security Ledger that nine researchers had begun to explore the theory that an insider with motive against Sony would be best placed to execute a hack.

“The FBI points to reused code from previous attacks associated with North Korea, as well as similarities in the networks used to launch the attacks,” said writer Bruce Schneier. “This sort of evidence is circumstantial at best. It’s easy to fake, and it’s even easier to interpret it wrong. In general, it’s a situation that rapidly devolves into storytelling, where analysts pick bits and pieces of the ‘evidence’ to suit the narrative they already have worked out in their heads.”

 

Schneier also said that diplomatically, it may suit the US government to be “overconfident in assigning blame for the attack” to try and discourage future attacks by nation states.

 

He also pointed to comments by Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain, who said Sony might be encouraged to present the hack as an act or terrorism to help fend of likely lawsuits from current and former employees damaged by leaked material.

“If Sony can characterize this as direct interference by or at the behest of a nation-state, might that somehow earn them the kind of immunity from liability that you might see other companies getting when there’s physical terrorism involved, sponsored by a state?” Zittrain told AP.


Enough with the Sony hack. Can we all calm down about cyberwar with North Korea already? | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Enough with the Sony hack. Can we all calm down about cyberwar with North Korea already? | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

Yes, the Interview was just a Seth Rogen stoner movie – and, no, privacy, free speech and World War III are not at stake

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“We will respond proportionally,” Obama said on Friday. Why should the US be responding offensively at all? Photograph: Sony Pictures

The sanest thing anyone said in Washington this week was a reminder, on the Friday before Christmas, when Barack Obama took a break from oscillating between reassuring rationality and understated fear to make an accidental joke:

It says something about North Korea that it decided to mount an all-out attack about a satirical movie … starring Seth Rogen.

It also says something about the over-the-top rhetoric of United States cybersecurity paranoia that it took the President of the United States to remind us to take a deep breath and exhale, even if Sony abruptly scrapped its poorly reviewed Hollywood blockbuster after nebulous threats from alleged North Korean hackers.

Unfortunately, acting rational seems out of the question at this point. In between making a lot of sense about Sony’s cowardly “mistake” to pull a film based on a childish, unsubstantiated threat, Obama indicated the US planned to respond in some as-yet-unknown way, which sounds a lot like a cyberattack of our own.

“We will respond, we will respond proportionally, and in a place and time that we choose,” Obama said at his year-end news conference. Why should we be responding offensively at all? As the Wall Street Journal’s Danny Yadron reported, a movie studio doesn’t reach the US government’s definition of “critical infrastructure” that would allow its military to respond under existing rules, but that didn’t stop the White House from calling the Sony hack a “national security issue” just a day later.

Let’s put aside for a moment that many security experts haven’t exactly been rushing to agree with the FBI’s cut-and-dry conclusion that “the North Korean government is responsible” for the hack. Wired’s Kim Zetter wrote a detailed analysis about why the evidence accusing North Korea is really flimsy, while other security professionals have weighed in with similar research.

But whoever the hackers are, can we stop calling them “cyber-terrorists,”like Motion Picture Association of America chairman Chris Dodd did on Friday? They may be sadistic pranksters, extortionists and assholes, but anonymously posting a juvenile and vague word jumble incorporating “9/11” that has no connection to reality does not make them terrorist masterminds. That’s giving whoever did it way too much credit.