North Korea Among Suspects in Recent Sony Hack

December 10th, 2014

The new James Franco and Seth Rogen film "The Interview" is set to hit theaters later this month, but not everyone was happy about it.

Because the movie centers around Franco and Rogen's characters setting up an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in order to carry out a CIA plot to assassinate him, the government of North Korea spoke out against the film's release. The government in Pyongyang decried the movie as an "act of war," and threatened to take military action if the movie was released.

That's why many thought it was only logical that when Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio behind "The Interview," revealed that its network security systems were hacked on November 24, North Korea was the culprit.

According to the <i ">New York Times, the still-un-identified hackers leaked five full feature films, including Sony's upcoming remake of "Annie," onto illegal Internet file-sharing sites, as well as confidential internal information including executive salaries.

After learning of the attack, Sony Pictures shut down its computers and network security systems and required employees to do their work with pen and paper. The hack was especially crippling to Sony, as leaked documents revealed that 17 Sony executives earned pre-bonus salaries exceeding $1 million, The New York Times reports.

However, North Korea has denied being behind the cyber attack. According to the Washington Post, Pyongyang's government didn't take responsibility for the hack, but called it a "righteous deed" that was likely carried out by "supporters and sympathizers" on the country's behalf.

The Sony hack is still under investigation by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, Reuters reports. Despite the cyber attack, Sony is still going through with the theatrical release of "The Interview" on December 25.

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