North Korea Threatens U.S. in Sony Hack Case. “Grave Consequences”

Kim Jong-un of North Korea
Kim Jong-un of North Korea

In response to FBI’s statement that North Korea is behind “Guardians of Peace” hackers who attacked Sony’s computer systems, North has reacted sharply.

By Rakesh Raman

In response to FBI’s statement released Friday that North Korea is behind “Guardians of Peace” hackers who attacked Sony’s computer systems, North has reacted sharply.

The official KCNA news agency has termed the U.S. accusation as ‘slander’ saying North Korea is not involved in these cyber attacks. In its statement issued today the agency has said that North Korea is ready for a joint probe along with the U.S. to unearth the truth behind the attacks.

It also warned that the U.S. will face “grave consequences” if it continued to blame North Korea without substantial evidence, though it did not elaborate the nature of consequences.

However, FBI has claimed that its findings are based on technical analysis and the past incidents, as the software “tools used in the Sony attack have similarities to a cyber attack in March of last year against South Korean banks and media outlets, which was carried out by North Korea.”

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Sony has been facing a series of cyber attacks for the past few weeks from “Guardians of Peace” or #GOP, a group of hackers who have hacked Sony’s system and forced it to cancel the release of its upcoming movie ‘The Interview’ which was scheduled to open on Dec. 25.

The Interview
The Interview

North Korea is being blamed for Sony hacking, as the action comedy ‘The Interview’ starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, shows a CIA-led conspiracy to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Pyongyang has dismissed such accusations while the identity or the location of the “Guardians of Peace” hackers is still not known.

It is also being rumored that North Korea has executed the cyber attacks on Sony systems in connivance with China – using Chinese expertise and from a location in China.

By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company

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