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POSTED | 10:47 AM | 07-12-2014

North Korea denies Sony hack

North Korea released a statement on Sunday (7 Dec 2014) that clearly relished a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang’s supreme leader.

While denying responsibility for an attack last week that disrupted Sony’s computer system and spewed confidential information onto the Internet, an unidentified spokesman for the North’s powerful National Defense Commission acknowledged that it “might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers” of the North’s call for the world to turn out in a “just struggle” against US imperialism, according to The Associated Press.

“We do not know where in America the Sony Pictures is situated and for what wrongdoings it became the target of the attack, nor (do) we feel the need to know about it,” the statement carried in state media said. “But what we clearly know is that the Sony Pictures is the very one which was going to produce a film abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of North Korea.”

The Sony movie in question, The Interview, is a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, and its plot concerns an attempt on the life of leader Kim Jong Un.

Pyongyang is not amused. The statement said the North’s enemies, the United States and South Korea, had “groundlessly linked the hacking attack with” Pyongyang, but the denial also included a threat.

Experts are divided, however, over the likelihood that North Korea or independent hackers were involved, according to AP.

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