US Government Blames North Korea for Sony Cyber Attack
The United States President Barack Obama has vowed last Friday that America would respond to the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment and has blamed North Korea for this whole episode. He also did not spare the Hollywood studio for yielding into what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America.
President Obama observed that the cyber attack on Sony Pictures has caused a lot of damage to the company and Sony must not have been intimidated into halting the release of the movie “The Interview” that is based on the story line of assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Obama said at the end of year news conference that the United States will respond to this cyber attack on Sony and it will be done at a time, place and manner in which America chooses.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced that it has determined that North Korea was the main culprit behind the cyber attack on Sony and said that Pyongyang’s actions fell “outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior.” Obama also said that North Korea looks to have acted alone on this and that Washington has also started consultations with South Korea, Japan, China and Russia for their assistance to rein in North Korea.
This is the first time that the United States has gone out in the public and directly accused another nation of causing a cyber attack of huge magnitude on its soil and this has set up a new confrontation between long time enemies Washington and Pyongyang.
A North Korean diplomat in the United Nations in New York has said that Pyongyang does not have a hand in the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Obama said that Sony made a mistake and must have spoken to him before pulling off the movie. Obama said, “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like, or news reports that they don’t like.”
The Chief Executive of Sony Pictures has said that the company has not gone into a shell due to the hacking and is looking at an alternative platform to release “The Interview” movie. The $44 million film stars James Franco and Seth Rogan and Sony would make arrangements for the American public to see the movie.