According to a new report from Bloomberg, investigators have determined the source of the crippling cyber attacks that struck Sony (TYO: 6758): it wasn’t a cyber command center in North Korea nor an intermediary in China, but rather a five-star hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
Reports say that someone using the St.Regis’ WiFi — whether it was from a guest room or a public space like a lobby is yet to be determined — initiated the attack against Sony which saw a vast volume of the company’s private data (including unreleased films) leak to the web, in addition to effectively shutting down the networks in the office.
North Korea has not taken direct responsibility for the attack, but has gone as far as to call it a “noble deed”. Earlier reports say that the attack against Sony bears some resemblance to tactics used by the North Korean hacking group “Dark Seoul” which targeted broadcasters and financial institutions in South Korea in response to “aggression” against the North.
Sony has yet to release a dollar figure of the damages it has incurred from this hack attack, but that figure is sure to be high.