U.S. intelligence is reportedly confirming that North Korea was “centrally involved” in the hacks that took down Sony servers and leaked unreleased Sony films. The hacks also compromised Sony employee social security numbers, emails and other sensitive information. Among the affected were Hollywood stars including Sylvester Stallone. The email leaks also put Amy Pascal in the hot seat due to some of her “racist” remarks in emails to Sony executives. The hackers, identified as the Guardians of Peace (GOP), have also claimed responsibility for threats made to theaters if they screen the Sony film The Interview.
Officials said it was not clear how the White House would decide to respond to NorthKorea. Some within the Obama administration argue that the government of Mr. Kim must be directly confronted, but that raises the question of what consequences the administration would threaten — or how much of its evidence it could make public without revealing details of how the United States was able to penetrate North Korean computer networks to trace the source of the hacking.
Sony has already cancelled the premiere and release of “The Interview” because of the threats made to theaters, and they are taking the safer route at the moment. One could consider this a large scale cyber-terrorism attack as the group has been able to carry out its nefarious plans and have altered the plans of a large corporation through a series of cyber attacks and physical threats. How the U.S. will respond to this is still unclear but we don’t expect The White House will remain silent on the matter. We will continue to keep tabs on the news and bring you updates as we can.