Sony Hack: North Korea Denies Responsibility, Proposes Joint Investigation

The Interview Randall Park

North Korea has once again denied that it was behind the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after the FBI announced on Friday that the country was “responsible” for the hack.

Instead, it’s offering to launch a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack, warning of “serious consequences” if the proposal is rejected, the Associated Press reports.

The message, which was carried by Pyongyang’s official state-run news service, comes on Saturday following President Barack Obama’s statement on Friday that the U.S. would retaliate for the attack, responding “in a place and manner and time that we choose.”

“The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures while finding fault with (North Korea),” an unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

“We have a way to prove that we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture, as the CIA does,” he added before noting that the U.S. is slandering Pyongyang as it lacks sufficient evidence that ties it to the hacking.

The FBI said it based its conclusion on the fact that “technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed. For example, there were similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods and compromised networks.”

On Friday, President Obama declared that Sony “made a mistake” in pulling “The Interview,” a comedy whose plot revolves around an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

“I wish they had spoken to me first. … We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship,” Obama said at the news conference, referring to Sony execs.

Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Michael Lynton later said the studio “had no choice” but to cancel the Christmas release of “The Interview.”

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  1. Joe says:

    Do you really think that a small country like North Korea would go to war with the U.S. because of a stupid Seth Rogen vanity project? This is most likely an inside job.

  2. RS says:

    Let me guess, if North Korea “works” with us, their evidence will probably point to their neighbors in South Korea, or they’ll blame us or both.

  3. JimmyFitz says:

    Communists Terrorists…. are Dictating to us what we do with our Freedoms?! Sorry Commie’s, to many of our Patriotic Americans have died for hundreds of years to preserve those rights. Don’t push us…don’t tread on us!

  4. If anyone has the capacity to oversee a joint investigation, it should be Seth Rogen and Bill Maher. Leave that kind of work to the professionals.

  5. hollywoodlies says:

    Sony can’t back track now, they would lose their official cover story from the Feds. This was surely an inside job or at least had some type of inside support. The original demands from GOP was for money and had nothing to do with the Interview. There is almost zero proof NK or any other nation state was involved, with most if not all independent security researchers disagreeing with the FBI assessment.

    I’m guessing the emails that were leaked are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of embarrassing studio exec and Hollywood talent. It’s also exposed a high level of collusion amongst the MPAA member studios and state AGs. As well as exposing some very questionable account practices amongst the studios while they cry poor and ask for additional tax payer funded incentives.

    The real free speech battle is about a shitty Seth Rogan movie, but the MPAA and Studios desire to censor the wider internet and limit individual freedoms to support their failed business model. Hopefully the Google lawsuit against Hood will further relieve just dirty the MPAA / Studios and their government supporters are.

  6. Atomic Fury says:

    Y’know it’s bad enough that Kimmie boy has his people intimidated into acting like they believe him. But does he actually believe he’s got enough clout to be warning any country bigger than the state of Maine about serious consequences?

    He reminds me of a cocky little snot who talks tough while someone bigger has his back. Without China, he’d have to count his blessings that we aren’t land-hungry like say Genghis Khan.

    • You know they’re a nuclear power, right? Whether they approve the U.N. inspectors to check out their program is irrelevant. If they’re crazy enough to lock their country and starve their people, they could be crazy enough to fire one. Of course, it’s all academic since they didn’t commit the hack, I believe.

      With the release of the film fast approaching, tracking for it was abyssmal and it was worth so much more to them as a lightning rod of publicity rather than a disappointing comedy. All to launch Sony’s new streaming platform, and to make them a victim of others rather than their poor judgment over the past few years. The emails I think were put out there as a red herring, since Pascal was to be fired anyway. It’s just how I feel. Who gives a crap about the salaries and budgets? Come on.

      • dick says:

        Are you serious? A nuclear power? You must be on crack. What are we then? Nuclear gods? They cant even fire a simple missile that works. Last time they tried it landed just off their coast in the ocean. Nuclear power. What an idiot.

  7. John Shea says:

    OF COURSE North Korea would NEVER torture anybody…

  8. Tyrone says:

    Americans have been told repeatedly that the NSA spying on everyone’s phone calls, emails and Internet traffic is supposed to prevent terrorism, including cyber terrorism. Yet the Intelligence Community failed to detect the break in to Sony Pictures here in the US, and they failed to detect the theft of 100,000GB of data, all of it passing through the US portion of the Internet. That break in & theft is the largest act of cyber terrorism the world has ever seen. And the NSA & CIA missed it, just as they missed detecting the 911 plot, failed to anticipate the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Arab Spring, etc.

    • jeffrey says:

      Intelligence community? More like stupidity community.

    • Lex Walker says:

      The intelligence community “missed it” because the “hack” was done by acquiring one of the administrator’s passwords. Once they did that, the actual data retrieval and theft would have looked and acted like regular transactions. The theft of the password didn’t necessarily occur on “the US portion of the internet” (hahaha) and if was done via malware as the FBI report suggests then the password too could have been given to the hackers without anyone knowing. This wasn’t a brute-force hack, hence why no huge systems were taxed for resources and why no one really noticed it.

    • nerdrage says:

      Yeah, people are incompetent, so what else is new?

  9. IT…also means that SONY’S…got NO balls! And lets a “DICTATORSHIP”…DICTATE what they can release….;and, what North Korea….won’t let them–without wagging their middle finger— straight-up…at SONY—-and the United States!

  10. Walt Peterson says:

    Where is Team Anonymous when we need them?

    • nerdrage says:

      No kidding, let’s see them stand up for free speech. So far, all we have on the free speech list is Bittorrent, Alamo Drafthouse, and about a million people screaming on the internet that they want to see this movie if it has to be delivered by carrier pigeon.

      • Lex Walker says:

        Anonymous also hates movie studios for their battle against torrents/filesharing and manipulation of copyright legislation and DRM to mess with consumers. It’s hard to really say where Anonymous’s varied politics would fall on this.

  11. JakeJ says:

    “…before ‘noting’ that the U.S. lacks…”

  12. Leave your get rich quick spam at home and take the liberty to go have sex with yourself.

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