US blames North Korea for Sony hack

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Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The hack on Sony that saw thousands of internal files leaked online was carried out by North Korea, the FBI has said.

In an update on the ongoing cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the government agency said: “As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other US government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions.”

Since the attack on Sony’s internal network, which was carried out by a group calling themselves The Guardians of Peace, thousands of emails, personal details and even films from Sony have been leaked online.

On Wednesday, controversial movie The Interview, which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, had its release cancelled after terrorist threats were made against cinemas that choose to show it.

“We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there”, the FBI statement continued.

“Further, North Korea’s attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States. Though the FBI has seen a wide variety and increasing number of cyber intrusions, the destructive nature of this attack, coupled with its coercive nature, sets it apart.”

As well as the cancellation of The Interview, a film which North Korea called an “act of war”, the cyber attack has seen emails between Sony executives criticising Angelina Jolie and the personal details and social security numbers of thousands of staff appear online.

The Guardians of Peace have since praised Sony’s decision to cancel The Interview’s release, and told CNN that no more Sony data would be released if the firm continued to comply.

Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by The News Editor

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