North Korea Is Responsible For Sony Hacks, FBI Confirms

TOKYO - JANUARY 22: A general view of the Sony Headquarters where Sony Corporation's CEO Howard Stringer speaks at a press conference on revision of its consolidated results forecast for fiscal year 2008 on January 22, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. Sony now expect 150 billion yen (1.7 billion U.S. dollars) net loss, first time in 14 years, also announce the reconstruction plans including consolidating TV factories, outsourcing the development of software and a reduction of more than a 1000 staff by offering a Voluntary Early Retirement Package. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)
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On Friday, the Federal Bureau Of Investigations confirmed that what we all knew — North Korea is responsible for the Sony hacks that devastated the studio and precipitated the canceled release of Seth Rogan's film The Interview, which featured Kim Jong-un's head being blown apart. In a statement, the FBI said:

Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).  In late November, SPE confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that destroyed systems and stole large quantities of personal and commercial data.  A group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace” claimed responsibility for the attack and subsequently issued threats against SPE, its employees, and theaters that distribute its movies.
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 the following:
... 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 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.  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.  The FBI takes seriously any attempt – whether through cyber-enabled means, threats of violence, or otherwise – to undermine the economic and social prosperity of our citizens.

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