MOSCOW, December 9 (Sputnik) – The FBI said they have not yet obtained any decisive proof that North Korea is responsible for the recent cyber-attacks on Sony Pictures which happened in late November, where a record amount of confidential data was leaked.The major data theft has not yet been fully attributed to North Korea, the agency’s cyber division assistant director Joe Demarest told the public Tuesday morning during a panel discussion, organized by Bloomberg.
Previously, some non-affiliated cybersecurity researchers suggested North Korea might have carried out the attack against Sony as the malware used to hack Sony’s security systems hinted at Pyongyang’s involvement. People close to several separate investigations, undertaken by Sony and the federal government in Washington, also said that North Korea is likely to be responsible for the leak. However, Pyongyang has repeatedly denied it played any role in the attack.
The FBI also said it will continue its search for the persons or entities responsible for the attack. The agency will also contribute to strengthening security in Sony’s internal network.
The first theft of the confidential data from Sony occurred three weeks ago, in mid-November. An anonymous group of hackers called Guardians of Peace (GOP) announced its responsibility for breaching into Sony’s network. GOP made the public aware of their activities on November 24, however, Sony Pictures reported of the leaks on November 21. Since then, GOP has published tens of thousands of records of the previously concealed data, including movie scripts, project proposals and internal communications. The hackers have also released private information on 47,000 employees of Sony Pictures.
North Korea, albeit denying its involvement, said in early December that this attack “might be a righteous deed”, as reported by Bloomberg.
The allegations of North Korea’s involvement gained further traction on December 9 after GOP demanded Sony stop showing ‘The Interview’, a comedy film about a conspiracy to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The hackers are threatening to disclose more personal data on the studio’s employees, including those of Amy Pascal, head of Sony Pictures’ film business, and Steve Mosko, in charge of the television branch.