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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.
MOSCOW, December 26 (Sputnik) — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) believes hackers could have used Japanese servers to carry out the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, a US subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate Sony, Japanese broadcaster TBS reported on Friday.
According to TBS, the FBI has provided Japanese investigators with information about the IP addresses used to hack the entertainment company 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.
In late November, just two weeks ahead of the planned release of a movie, 'The Interview', a comedy about a fictional assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Sony Pictures Entertainment found itself in the midst of a hacking scandal, as internal company information and private e-mails were leaked. Hackers also threatened to carry out terrorist attacks on movie theaters showing the film.
Despite the threats and the movie company's initial announcement to cancel the film premiere, 'The Interview' opened in theaters earlier in the week to sold-out shows across the United States.
The FBI has officially blamed North Korea for the hacking scandal, claiming that the Sony cyberattack bore similarities to attacks carried out by North Korea against South Korean companies in 2013. North Korea stated that despite the fact that the film "hurts the dignity" of its supreme leadership, it had nothing to do with the hacking.
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