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.”