Published On: Thu, Dec 4th, 2014

Investigations of hack finds links to North Korea

Investigations of hack finds links to North Korea-Unique Times

Investigations of hack finds links to North Korea-Unique Times

Cyber investigators looking for the culprits of a devastating hack into Sony Pictures Entertainment have found some links to North Korea hacking tools similar to those used by that country in previous attacks on South Korea.

A person familiar with the company’s investigation said on Wednesday that investigators hired by the company made the connection as they reviewed evidence left by the hackers. The person was not authorized to publicly discuss the Sony probe and requested anonymity.

North Korea has been suggested by some experts as a possible source of the attack that exposed massive volumes of internal company data and shut down the computer systems of one of Hollywood’s biggest studios.

The hacking launched on Nov. 24 came a month before the entertainment unit at Sony Corp is due to release “The Interview,” a comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen as two journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Pyongyang government denounced the film as “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war” in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in June.

Denisha Sahadevan

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Investigations of hack finds links to North Korea