Sony Hacking: North Korea Denies Involvement, Praises Attack

North Korea denies Sony hacking but

North Korea has denied involvement in the ongoing cyber attack on Sony Pictures, according to the state-run KCNA news agency. However, North Korea’s top military body told KCNA that the hacking is “a righteous deed” that may have been carried out by its supporters to protest Sony’s upcoming comedy “The Interview.”

The news agency quoted the National Defense Commission as saying, “The hacking into the Sony Pictures might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the (North) in response to its appeal.”

Several months ago, North Korea warned of “merciless retaliation” if the U.S. government supported the release of the film, which revolves around a fictional plot to assassinate the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un.

Though the studio has not yet found out who is connected to the widespread leaks of employee information, inside business information as well as entire movies, some reports indicated that the pattern matched past attacks by North Korea.

The National Defense Commission also said that Sony was “abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the (North).”

The NDC statement also said, “We do not know where in America the SONY Pictures is situated and for what wrongdoings it became the target of the attack nor we feel the need to know about it.

But what we clearly know is that the SONY Pictures is the very one which was going to produce a film abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK by taking advantage of the hostile policy of the U.S. administration towards the DPRK.”

The statement ended using language eerily similar to that used by the hackers in some communications, saying “The righteous reaction will get stronger to smash the evil doings.”


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  1. dave says:

    the opening salvo to the attack on big bully U.S.. North Korea has two advantages- nuclear chemical weapons and missing flight MH370.

  2. Rex says:

    Please, please, PLEEEEEASSSSE Sony EXPAND THE RELEASE OF THE INTERVIEW IMMEDIATELY. Screw ’em! The damage is done, but you’ve got the prints ready to go, so DOUBLE UP and spread it far and wide. Even if the hacks and threats are NOT the work of those pathetic hypocritical wannabes in North Korea, the culprits know full well that ANY release could push North Korea to start pulling triggers. LET ‘EM!!! They’d get off, what, a handful of easily shot-down missiles before being blown into the Stone Age (which isn’t all that different from what they have now!). Then we’d finally be rid of them, we could reunite the survivors with the South Koreans, modernize the hell out of them, and give them a taste of what they’ve been missing (or only pirating) under the laughable reign of their “supreme” (BWAH-hahahahah!) leaders. In a way, we should probably thank the hackers for triggering a war that will finally, and quickly, rid us of this ridiculous pest of a country! And further to that, thanks to Sony for making a movie that got the whole ball rolling! Even if, as I suspect, it humanizes the North Koreans (and soft-pedals the satire) and turns out to be much tamer than anyone had anticipated, it will have at least proven what a silly and superficial culture North Korea is, and what a dear price they deserve to pay for it. ;-)

  3. barbara says:

    Grear reporting Variety. Keep it comong

  4. Change the movie says:

    Sony needs to change the movie. This is getting dangerous for the American people. Hollywood needs to realize that they are not the only ones on this planet and what they produce affects the world.

    • Bry says:

      Notwithstanding the fact that caving in to these bullies, whoever they are, makes you sound like a spineless jellyfish, what changes to “The Interview” story line would you propose making to keep all us American people safe from danger?

      Perhaps you could take a page from 2012’s “Red Dawn” remake. That movie, as you recall, was originally written with a story arc tracing a Chinese invasion and occupation of the U.S. resulting from massive loan defaults.

      Just before release, however, MGM (under pressure, no doubt, from its own precarious financial situation) changed the villains from Chinese to North Korean to maintain access to China’s lucrative box office.

      Since there really isn’t any North Korean box office, in which SPE could lose market share, to speak of, it seems difficult to make the case on purely economic terms for swapping out the North Korean villains for another nationality. (Hard to think of one that would work with this premise — Cuba perhaps, but Fidel isn’t in power any longer — possibly Libya when Gaddafi was still alive — or Venezuela when Chavez was around)

      The fact of the matter is that Kim Jong-un is the closest thing the modern world has to a traditional, old-style military dictator. All of the other 21st century dictators, Putin, Bashar al-Assad, Xi Jinping, etc have wised up to the West and are playing a much more sophisticated game.

      “The Interview” is part of a long line of properly satirical work that began with Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” (1940) and deserves to remain intact and unaltered from the director’s original vision. If there is any danger here, it lies in crumbling before the threats of mindless thugs.

      As Benjamin Franklin once put it: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    • jsm1963 says:

      Wow! You’re advocating that they censor themselves to appease an oppressive regime?

  5. L says:

    Oh, who cares! It’s just another story of a bunch of men competing to prove whose d*ck is bigger. Pfft.

  6. Bs says:

    I don’t think North Korea gets how promotion works. The more you say it’s evil or rubbish and then ban it, the more likely I am to seeing it haha. Before this all started I assumed this would be yet another Seth rogan James Franco crapfest, now I’m absolutely going to see how these Leonardo’s these Rembrandt’s these Van Gogh of the modern age portray a country whose citizens are nothing more than slaves.

  7. IT 2 IT says:

    TAVISTOCK mind control FAKE media
    continues to treat KOREA with farce
    when it treats it at all.

    ALL this as they ever grow their decades STALE
    WWII franchise slum.

    ALLLLL this as they ‘mysteriously overlook’
    some 5 decades of milestone anniversaries
    for the now 21st century DEFINING- — – -KOREAN WAR.


  8. nimportequoi says:

    Last time I looked there was such a thing as freedom of speech and press!! Of course, North Korea is not going to readily admit involvement. It will only point the finger and pass the buck. I suggest Sony perform an internal revision amongst its employees and partners – it appears that the culprit is right under Sony’s nose.

  9. Sony should be smarter than that and not produce “comedic propaganda” against a terrorist nation state. If you play with snakes, you’ll get bitten.

  10. Max says:

    I’d be more inclined to believe an unhappy Sony employee is behind this so called “hack” before I’d believe it’s N. Korea. That threatening email was just too ridiculous to be from someone who wanted to be taken serious.

  11. How could a North Korean commit an unsanctioned cyber attack as a “righteous deed” when the the only online internet access in the country is limited to authorized government work?

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