Early Wednesday, federal law enforcement officials reported that North Korea was behind the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. Formal announcement should come sometime Thursday. North Korean regime’s tight control of the Internet in the reclusive country, U.S. officials believe the hack was ordered directly by the country’s leadership.
Early Wednesday, Sony Pictures pulled the movie, which depicts the assassination of North Korea’s leader, after receiving a threat that people should avoid going to the theaters where “The Interview” was playing. Their hands were tied after several major theater chains including AMC and Regal refused to show the film at their theaters. The U.S. is discussing what form a response could take, and couldn’t detail what options the government has available. CNN has learned that State Department officials had a discussion with Sony executives but they did not weigh in on the production. U.S. investigators had moved quickly toward a determination in recent days, indicating this week that attribution was imminent. Last week, FBI Director James Comey called the attack “complicated”
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