Over 11TB of data was allegedly stolen by the hackers who crippled Sony Pictures' systems, and later on hoards of personal information of employees was spread online. High quality copies of several movies, including Fury, leaked onto the Internet too and were downloaded hundreds of thousands of times in a matter of days.
On Friday, it emerged that the FBI was looking into threats that had been made against Sony Pictures employees and their families too.
Amid the public humiliation of Sony Pictures, some experts started to point the finger at the mysterious state of North Korea - or the People's Democratic Republic of Korea - as a major suspect. Potential evidence that has been disclosed is really based on similarities between the Sony Pictures attack, and attacks against South Korean entities in 2013. Additionally, some clues were found in an analysis of malware used in the attack. You can read more details about it here.
On Sunday, a spokesman for the National Defense Commission in North Korea dismissed accusations that the state was involved in the attack, but went on to apparently applaud it as a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers of the North's call for a "just struggle" against U.S. imperialism.
The unnamed spokesman was actually referring to a film soon to be released by Sony Pictures called The Interview, in which Seth Rogen and James Franco star as two journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong un.
"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," a statement given to North Korea's state media, said according to AP.
"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."
Written by: James Delahunty @ 7 Dec 2014 7:45