Amid the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) investigating a possible North Korean link in the ‘unparalleled’ cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, North Korea on Sunday denied its involvement in the hacking incident, but hailed the motive behind it while calling it a ‘righteous deed’.
According to the North Korean authorities, the cyber attack is a “righteous deed” potentially carried out by the country’s supporters as a mark of protest against comedy flick “The Interview” showing assassination of its leader Kim Jong-Un.
“The hacking into the Sony Pictures might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the (North) in response to its appeal,” the National Defense Commission, a top military body of North Korea, told the state-run KCNA news agency.
Calling the media reports as “false rumour”, NDC slammed Sony for producing a film “abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the (North).”
“The Interview”, a comedy film is produced by Sony. The film involves a fictional attempt by CIA to assassinate Kim.
The nightmare for the Sony and its employees is unlikely to end soon as the hacking group ‘Guardians of Heaven’ this week posted a series of threatening emails to the company’s staffers and their loved ones.
The cyber attack is being termed us ‘unprecedented’ and ‘highly damaging’ by the investigators of the American movie studio.
The hacking has caused leak of sensitive personal information of nearly 47,000 individuals, including celebrities. Moreover, the attack has also made the unreleased Sony films prone to illegal file-sharing websites.