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North Korea Accusations

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North Korea stated accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures was slander and wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. North Korea said they could prove they had nothing to do with the massive hacking attack.

 

The spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry said there would be grave consequences if Washington refused to agree to the joint probe and continued to accuse Pyongyany.

The FBI stated the malicious software used in the attack found links to malware that North Korean actors had developed and found a significant overlap with other malicious cyber activity previously tied to Pyongyang.

President Barack Obama blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, which led to the cancelling of “The Interview”, a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The President vowed to respond to the attack and was upset with the Hollywood Studio for caving into what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America. He said the attack caused a lot of damage to Sony but that the company should not have let itself be intimidated into stopping the release of the film. Multiple U.S Computer Security Firms have been resourceful in investigating the attacks.

Obama wished that Sony had spoken to him first before yanking the movie, suggesting it could set a bad precedent. “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” he said. “Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary or news reports they don’t like.

Sony repeatedly emphasized that it had no choice but to cancel the release after theater owners declined to show it and are looking for alternatives to release the movie. It appears there are no takers so far for a film as people have been generally fearful about their systems being corrupted. Netflix, one of the biggest online streaming companies, would not discuss its interest in “The Interview,” or lack thereof.

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