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Friday, December 19, 2014

Cheat Sheet - FBI Shows North Korea Hacked Sony

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December 19, 2014
Echoing George Clooney, President Obama said Sony "made a mistake" in pulling The Interview following what the FBI says was North Korea's hacking attack. "We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States," he said, later adding, "I wish they had spoken to me first." Obama added that Kim Jong Un is "someone whose sensibilities... need to be offended" and that there is "no indication that North Korea was acting in junction with another country." In response to the cyberattack, Obama said the United States "will respond proportionally in a place and time and manner that we choose."
The FBI said Friday in an official statement that "the North Korean government is responsible" for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and that the attack destroyed thousands of computers in the process. "The FBI has determined that the intrusion into SPE's network consisted of the deployment of destructive malware and the theft of proprietary information as well as employees' personally identifiable information and confidential communications. The attacks also rendered thousands of SPE's computers inoperable, forced SPE to take its entire computer network offline, and significantly disrupted the company's business operations."
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