On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officially named the North Korean government as the culprit behind the hack of Sony Entertainment on Thanksgiving Day. The hackers took action presumably because of Sony’s comedy film The Interview.
“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 [Sony Pictures Entertainment] reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States.
“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.”
The hackers, calling themselves the “Guardians of Peace,” have released several terabytes of Sony’s internal information to the public. They also assured violence comparable to the attacks of September 11 if The Interview was released on Christmas Day. Prior to the FBI’s announcement, American officials refused to name North Korea as a suspect in the hacking.
At his end-of-the-year press conference, President Obama thought it was wrong for Sony to cancel the release of the movie:
OBAMA: Sony “made a MISTAKE” to not release The Interview.
— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) December 19, 2014
“I wish Sony had spoken to me first”!!!
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) December 19, 2014
Some people, even viewers of Fox News–which has a traditionally conservative audience–agreed with the President on this issue:
— Danielle Levin (@levsdani) December 19, 2014
— Michael Di Dio (@michaeldidio) December 19, 2014
Still, the President did not announce a response and only said he has been presented a “range of options” and “would decide” when appropriate. One flub came when President Obama botched the name of the film’s star James Franco, calling him “James Flacco.”
— Ed O’Keefe (@edatpost) December 19, 2014
Alright, I’ll admit it: This all happened because Kim Jong Un was ticked I wouldn’t give him my MVP trophy.
— James Flacco (@JamesFlacco) December 19, 2014
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