Pinning the hack on a recognizable foe allows the U.S. to sell a progrom of clamping down on the internet.

Commenter Mark wrote:

Talk about conspiracy theory!
You’re dismissing a serious possibility.
That there are hackers glad to do their deeds for cash.
Why not? You paint a picture of all hacktivists as anarchist types. But they are
not.
It’s the reaction of Sony that disturbs me.
How easy they caved. How easy the movie house corporations caved.
I get it though. They have economic considerations. What happens if some terror attacks did happen? We all know there is the liability issue. And the lawsuits that would follow.
I will say it.
Only in Obama’s America.

No, not a conspiracy. There is nothing conspiratorial about this. Just big interests covering their ass and finally finding a way to sell their oligarchy in the digital age.

Interesting observation from GIZMODO:

“The president also characterized the internet as a “wild wild west” and called for tightened cybersecurity. “We need more rules about how the internet should operate,” he [Obama] said.”

If the United States can pin this on a familiar bad boy actor that Mr. and Mrs. Middle America can comprehend and assort into their little black and white worlds, it will be much easier to sell an internet crackdown. This is what the government and the media conglomerates want.

This hack plays into their agenda as long as the bad guy is recognizable and indisputably evil. North Korea anyone?

From CNN:

North Korea slammed U.S. claims that the regime is responsible for a cyber attack on Sony Pictures — and then proposed the two countries work together.

“Whoever is going to frame our country for a crime should present concrete evidence,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday.

“America’s childish investigation result and its attempt to frame us for this crime shows their hostile tendency toward us.”