FBI Makes it Official: North Korea to Blame in Sony Hacking

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The Obama administration on Friday formally accused North Korea’s government of being responsible for the dramatic hacker break-in at Sony Pictures Entertainment Incorporated but offered few hints about how or whether it would retaliate. Its proof: The U.S. detected communications between computer Internet addresses known to be operated by North Korea and hacking tools left behind at the crime scene, which the FBI also said contained subtle clues linking them to that country’s government. The decision to openly blame North Korea which involved the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies escalated an intriguing global game of brinkmanship that included the disclosure of confidential Sony emails and business files and threats of terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters until Sony agreed to cancel the Christmas Day release of its comedy, “The Interview,” which the hackers had demanded partly over a scene depicting the assassination of North Korea’s leader.


Imagine how, with a comical light cast upon this incident, the history books will tell it: U.S. defeated North Korea in a war that erupted over a Hollywood movie. The president of North Korea didn’t like how he was portrayed in Sony Picture’s fictional account of a goofy and unlikely plot to assassinate him. He would have preferred a more dashing actor in the role. Although he did say he is a fan of James Franco, especially his work with Steve Carrell in “Date Night”.

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