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White House Stands by FBI’s North Korea Conclusion Over Sony Hack

White House Stands By FBI Conclusion
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As speculation continues that a disgruntled ex-employee was involved in the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the White House on Monday continued to stand by the FBI’s conclusion that North Korea was responsible for the massive security breach.

“I don’t see any reason to disagree with the conclusions they have arrived at,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at the daily briefing.

After the administration announced new sanctions on Friday as part of its “proportional” response to the hacking attack, the government of North Korea again denied involvement, calling the action “repugnant” and “hostile.”

Since the FBI announced on Dec. 19 that it had concluded that North Korea was responsible for the attack — as retribution for SPE’s plans to release “The Interview” — security experts have questioned that finding. Security firm Norse Corp. offered an alternate scenario, linking the attack to a disgruntled ex-employee and hacking groups in Europe and Asia.

In light of those doubts, the FBI said that there was “no credible information” that any other individual was responsible for the attack.

Although it denied involvement, North Korea called the movie “The Interview” — in which two entertainment journalists are recruited to assassinate Kim Jong-un — a “disgusting movie.”