The cyber team investigating into the devastating hack attempt into Sony Pictures Entertainment has said that it has found some crucial links to North Korea.
According to the probing team, the hacking tools that were used in stealing the data of Sony were very similar to those used by North Korea in previous attacks on South.
A person familiar with the matter on Wednesday said that the investigators who were hired by the firm found the possible North Korean link in the hacking after they closely reviewed evidence left by the hackers. The person spoke in condition of anonymity as the company doesn’t intend to publicly discuss the probe.
The hacking, which was launched on November 24, occurred a month before the Sony Corp’s entertainment unit ‘Sony Pictures’ was due to release “The Interview,” a comedy flick starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, who were featured as journalists that the CIA had recruited to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the film was denounced by the Pyongyang government as “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war”.
In its report published on Wednesday, Re/code said that Sony intends to name North Korea as the source of the cyber attack. When asked about the Re/code report, a Sony spokeswoman denied to confirm and said no announcement from the studio was coming.
Meanwhile, the US national security officials said that the government agencies had not determined whether North Korea was accountable for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures.