WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior FBI official said on Tuesday that the agency has not confirmed widely held suspicions that North Korea is behind the unprecedented cyber attack on Sony’s Hollywood studio.
“There is no attribution to North Korea at this point,” Joe Demarest, assistant director with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s cyber division, said while speaking on a panel at a cybersecurity conference sponsored by Bloomberg Government.
LOS ANGELES/BOSTON (Reuters) – A group that claimed to be responsible for the massive computer hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment demanded that the company cancel the release of “The Interview,” a comedy that depicts an assassination plot against North Korea’s leader.
A letter posted on a file-sharing site on Monday asked Sony to “stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!” It was signed by GOP, the nickname for the “Guardians of Peace” group that says it is responsible for a cyber attack at Sony that began Nov. 24.
SEOUL/BOSTON (Reuters) – The Pyongyang government’s state-run media said the cyber attack on Sony’s Hollywood studio may have been the work of pro-North Korean supporters in a report on Sunday that dismissed charges that the country itself was to blame as “wild rumor.”
“The hacking into Sony Pictures Entertainment might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK in response to its appeal,” the article by the KCNA news agency said, using the official DPRK acronym for North Korea.
LOS ANGELES/BOSTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Forensics experts
hired by Sony Corp to investigate the massive cyber
attack at its Hollywood studio said the breach was
unprecedented, well-planned and carried out by an “organized
group,” according to an email obtained by Reuters on Saturday.
Kevin Mandia, the top executive at FireEye Inc’s
Mandiant forensics unit, made the comments in an email to
Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment