SOVIET TOOTHBRUSH CLAIMS NO INVOLVEMENT IN HACKING OF “THE INTERVIEW” MOVIE BY NORTH KOREA; U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID BLAMES PLOT ON GOP; GOP PARTY CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS DENIES A REPUBLICAN “WAR ON HUMOR”; VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TO INVESTIGATE

Posted: 2 December 2014 by leonitbrushnev in Uncategorized

As reported by Andrea Mitchell, the veteran NBC foreign affairs correspondent on nbc.com:

“Several U.S. law enforcement agencies are investigating whether North Korea is behind the recent hacking of Sony Pictures’ online networks and the illegal dissemination of at least five of the company’s films, a senior U.S. official confirmed to NBC news.

“There has been speculation that the cyberattack could be linked to an upcoming Sony Pictures film  called “The Interview,” a comedy that features a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  The comedy staring Seth Rogen and James Franco is scheduled for release December 25.  A North Korean official blasted the film as a symbol of the “desperation” of American society in an interview with British newspaper The Telegraph.

“Classified briefings to several U.S. agencies name North Korea among possible suspected perpetrators.  Attackers using the name Guardians of Peace, or G.O.P., have claimed responsibility for the hack of Sony Pictures’ internal network. The attack began November 24, when employees’ computers were reportedly plastered with messages bearing the phrase “Hacked by #GOP.”

“It’s unclear how widespread the attack is but emails to multiple Sony employees last week could not be delivered.  On November 27, a person claiming to be “the boss of G.O.P.” emailed reporters with links to purported stolen internal data.  “We have much more interesting data than you know,” the person wrote.”

 

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