The United States orders sanctions against North Korea for last month’s Sony hack in which the company lost valuable employee information and was also threatened if it released “The Interview” in theaters. President Obama signed the executive order, which is aimed at the North Korean government as well as members of the “Workers” party of North Korea. Obama pointed to North Korea’s hack as, “provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies … including its destructive, coercive cyber-related actions during November and December 2014.”
“We take seriously North Korea’s attack that aimed to create destructive financial effects on a U.S. company and to threaten artists and other individuals with the goal of restricting their right to free expression,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “As the president has said, our response to North Korea’s attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment will be proportional, and will take place at a time and in a manner of our choosing. Today’s actions are the first aspect of our response.”
Despite private security experts pointing to the Sony hack now being an “inside-job” the Obama Administration and the FBI insist that North Korea had direct involvement in the hacks. The FBI continues to stand by its own findings insisting that North Korea is indeed directly tied to the hacks. The executive order does not mention Kim Jong Un but it names leaders in Un’s government as well as North Korean intelligence and a technology procurement company, Korea Tangun Trading Corporation. It remains to be seen who’s actually right, the private security experts or the FBI and U.S. Government.
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photo used for reference, not actual signing of executive orderSource: FOX News
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