FBI ha officially confirmed that North Korea was behind the cyber hack attach which leaked unreleased films and revealed Sony emails. All this led to the cancellation of the release of new comedy “The Interview,” which has been directed by Seth Rogen.
On Friday, in the released statement, a spokesman from the FBI said that the investigation revealed cyber terrorism and that everything pointed at North Korean leaders.
The FBI’s statement reads: “As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions. While the need to protect sensitive sources and methods precludes us from sharing all of this information, our conclusion is based, in part, on similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks. We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there… Further, North Korea’s attack on SPE (Sony Pictures Entertainment) reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States. North Korea’s actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves. Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior.”
As USA Today reports, a message from the hackers has been sent to Sony executives, the group who introduced themselves as Guardians of Peace. They wrote that it was smart move to cancel the release of The Interview, which features James Franco and Rogen who were TV journalists assigned to kill the Kim Jong-Un, North Korean leader.
The message from Guardians of Peace reads: “Now we want you never let the movie released (sic), distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy, and we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately (sic).”
Meanwhile, the president of U.S. Barack Obama said in his end of year news conference at The White House that he thought Sony executives “made a mistake” by canceling The Interview movie from cinemas.
Obama also said: “We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States, because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary they don’t like, or a news report they don’t like.”