On December 19, the FBI said that North Korea was behind November’s cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. The attack forced the company to cancel the premiere of The Interview, a comedy about the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plotting with journalists to kill North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. The movie was made available on online rental services December 24, 2014 and the next day had a limited release at select cinemas.
The US National Security Agency has enjoyed secret and almost unrestricted access to North Korean computer networks since 2010, but still failed to warn Sony Pictures before a major cyberattack, according to a New York Times report.
US President Barack Obama is proposing new cybersecurity legislation to promote the greater information sharing between private companies and the federal government.
The Deputy Permanent Representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the UN stated that the North Korea had requested the US to undertake joint investigation into the Sony hack and that the US should provide the evidence of the DPRK's involvement in the cyber attack.
The US Treasury Department has the authority to impose secondary sanctions on foreign entities, working with the DPRK, but the Obama’s administration does not appear willing to expand its interpretation of the executive order.
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said she is yet to see the controversial comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
The bureau reacts to doubts expressed in the media about the source of the Sony hack.
The annual Golden Raspberry Awards, an award ceremony which recognizes the worst film of the year, has announced its shortlist of contenders for 2014: the much-debated movie The Interview is in four of the categories.
North Korea issued a statement slamming the United States for imposing sanctions against Pyongyang over its alleged involvement in the Sony cyber-attack. North Korea denied its involvement in the attack.
Chairman of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce commented on the recently imposed US sanctions against North Korea, saying that the country should go further to sanction those financial institutions in Asia and beyond that are supporting the brutal and dangerous North Korean regime.
A senior Obama administration official has stated that the US will be engaging international partners encouraging them to follow suit and impose sanctions on North Korea.
The US Treasury announced Friday that the recently imposed US sanctions against North Korea for the Sony Entertainment hack will target three entities tied to the government and 10 individuals, including a representative in Russia.
The US President issued an Executive Order, authorizing additional sanctions on North Korea in response to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.
One of the United States' major direct-broadcast satellite service providers – Dish Networks Inc will make "The Interview," a scandalous Sony Pictures Entertainment comedy available starting on Friday.
South Korean Chosun Ilbo online newspaper stated that North Korea created a task force within the State Security Department to prevent smuggle of controversial movie "The Interview" into the country.
Sony's 'The Interview' has earned a combined total of nearly $18 million in its opening weekend, a sense of resistance to censorship appearing to drive many viewers' decision to see the film.
US cyber experts have expressed skepticism about the FBI's conclusion that North Korea was behind the notorious attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, citing lack of evidence.
North Korea has been suffering from intermittent Internet disruptions throughout this week, including a complete system shutdown for nearly nine hours on Tuesday. As of Saturday evening, Internet connectivity had not been restored.
Former US President Jimmy Carter believes sanctions are ineffective and counterproductive when dealing with dictatorships. Instead, Carter thinks sanctions should be focused on elites, who make political decisions, and not on destroying the already poor economies that determine lives of ordinary people.
On Friday, just a day after its release, "The Interview" was listed as a bestseller on Google Play and YouTube Movies, becoming the most-purchased movie, ahead of "Guardians of the Galaxy."
The FBI has provided Japanese investigators with information about the IP addresses used to hack the Sony Pictures Entertainment counting on their help to determine the owner of the addresses. Japanese authorities have reportedly already launched an investigation and contacted Sony's head office in Tokyo.
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