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Did North Korea hack Sony over Kim film?

world Updated: Dec 03, 2014 01:14 IST
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North Korea has reportedly refused to deny its involvement in a hack attack on Sony Pictures just ahead of the release of a film on leader Kim Jong-un.

When asked if it was involved in the cyber attack, a spokesperson for the North Korean government said, “Wait and see.” North Korea registered a complaint with the United Nations and the United States over the comedy film, The Interview. The movie shows Seth Rogen and James Franco playing two reporters who are granted an audience with Jong-un and are then enlisted by the CIA to assassinate him, reported the BBC.

Terming the film “an act of war” and “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism,” North Korea called on the US and the UN to block it.

The attack, by a group calling itself the Guardians Of Peace, left the firm’s corporate email down for a week and enabled hackers to steal at least four movies, including Second World War drama Fury starring Brad Pitt, which is yet to be released on DVD. Meanwhile, the FBI has confirmed an investigation into the hacking.

Some reports suggest North Korea may have enlisted Chinese hackers to carry out the attack. Cybersecurity experts said the attack on Sony marked the first of its kind on a major US company.