The North Korean net attack that wasn’t

Cybersecurity analysts raised doubts on Wednesday that the North Korean state launched recent attacks on U.S. government and South Korean websites, saying industrial spies or pranksters could be the villains.

Too many media sites and blogs that should have known better this morning jumped on the It Must Be North Korea Doing The Net Attacks. But there was never any proof, just vague accusations. Now the media is backing off saying, golly, maybe it was just hackers. Well, yeah.

Someone deliberately slipped in the North Korea accusation – and too many fell for it.


  1. It is always the same, our state demonises another state and everything that goes wrong or could go wrong is automatically dumped on the “demon-rogue state” Plus a mountain of what they could do or might do circulates in the media without a shred of evidence of intent, all supposition and fantasy and it is swallowed en-mass. Our leaders are of course always right and the others always wrong.

  2. …And that’s not just a political ploy, it builds on an underlying philosophy and worldview: We’re good, and everything bad can be blamed on some other evil person/state/deity.

    This black-and-white approach originates with Greek dualism but was raised to new and dysfunctional heights by the 17th and 18th century Puritans. The Puritans are gone, but the damage lives on.

    Coincidentally, I am working on a series of segments on the development of Satan as a concept. He makes no appearance in the Bible until after the Jews had returned from Babylon.

    • And for a while, wasn’t Satan just kind of a trickster, not the embodiment of All That is Evil?

      • In Gnostic tradition “Satan” is merely The Adversary… of The Church.

        In family tradition Coyote is the Trickster, there is no “Satan” nor Adversary.

      • The word “satan” means adversary, and is used often throughout the Bible. But the proper name Satan (in Hebrew, The Satan) makes no appearance in the Bible until about 550 BC, and when he does, he’s God’s prosecutor. He appears in only three Old Testament books: Job, Zechariah, and Chronicles, all of which were written during or after the Exile.

        There’s only one book of the Bible that says much about Satan at all: the much-misunderstood Revelation of John. And there’s the Book of Enoch, which contains the Lucifer cycle, which isn’t even in the Bible. But information from these two sources has, in the Christian era, been superimposed on all previous traditions. Hence the serpent in the Garden of Eden is associated with Satan, even though Genesis doesn’t say that.

  3. Cyber attacks on SKorea came from 16 countries

    This week’s cyber attacks on South Korea are believed to have been mounted from 16 different countries but North Korea was not among them, Seoul’s spy agency was quoted as saying Friday.

    The National Intelligence Service (NIS) told legislators the attacks were tracked to 86 Internet protocol addresses from 16 countries including the United States, Japan, China and Guatemala, the lawmakers said.

    The lawmakers, quoting information from the NIS given in a closed briefing, said North Korea was not among the 16 countries.

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