The NSA was tracking North Korea’s hackers long before they attacked Sony Pictures

Intelligence gathered by the National Security Agency on North Korea more than four years ago led the US government to blame Pyongyang for the recent attack on Sony Pictures, according to a report from the New York Times. The report, citing former US officials, computer experts, and documents leaked last week by Edward Snowden, says the NSA used malware to track North Korean hackers as part of a program launched in 2010. That allowed the government to blame North Korea with unusual speed and certainty following December’s hack on Sony Pictures, but the report also sheds light on how Pyongyang’s hackers were able to get away with it in the first place.

US officials tell the Times that the operation against Sony began in September, when…

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