LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The FBI said Friday there’s enough evidence to conclude the North Korean government was responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The company was hacked by a group identified as “Guardians of Peace” last month over their new film “The Interview”, a comedy about the assassination of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
Sony canceled the film’s Christmas Day release earlier this week after several of the largest movie theaters chains announced they would not show it in response to a threat that referenced the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
The incident was considered a matter of national security and was being investigated by the FBI and the NSA.
“As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,” the agency’s statement reads. “We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there. Further, North Korea’s attack on SPE reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States.”
According to the FBI, their conclusion was based in part on the technical analysis of the data deletion malware that was developed by North Korean actors, the identification of IP addresses associated with North Korean infrastructure and connection between similar tools used in a cyber attack carried out by North Korea on South Korean banks and media outlets in March 2013.