Date
11 December 2017
Pyongyang has condemned as "an act of war" Sony Pictures' The Interview, a film about a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader. Photo: Internet
Pyongyang has condemned as "an act of war" Sony Pictures' The Interview, a film about a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader. Photo: Internet

North Korea says supporters may be behind Sony attack

North Korea denied it was behind a cyber attack on Sony’s Hollywood studio, but suggested it may have been the work of supporters.

“The hacking into Sony Pictures Entertainment might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK in response to its appeal,” the state-run KCNA news agency reported on Sunday, using the official DPRK acronym for North Korea.

It said a hacking gang called Guardians of Peace has taken responsibility for the attack, which was launched last month.

The article accused South Korea of “floating the false rumor that the North was involved in the hacking”, Reuters reported.

It also warned the United States that “there are a great number of supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK all over the world”.

A US national security source has said Pyongyang is a suspect in the attack, which shut down most of the studio’s network for more than a week.

The hackers also released sensitive company data over the internet, including employee salaries and Social Security numbers, along with high-quality digital versions of several unreleased films, according to the Reuters report.

The attack came months after Pyongyang denounced The Interview, a Sony Pictures comedy movie about a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader. The movie is scheduled to open on Dec. 25 in the US.

North Korea has described the film as an “act of war”.

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