Quoted: Sony hacking as ‘righteous deed’; plus another attack

“The hacking into the Sony Pictures might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK.”

Korea Central News Agency, a state-run organization, calls North Korea’s purported involvement in the hack attack — which posted Sony movies online and published private employee records and internal memos — on Sony Pictures a “wild rumor.” (DPRK stands for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.) But it lauds the attack, which is thought to be retaliation for an upcoming Sony movie. “The Interview” is about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea is said to have criticized “The Interview” in June, saying it would “mercilessly destroy” those associated with the movie.

Meanwhile, another cyberattack has hit the gaming arm of Sony, the PlayStation Network. A group called the Lizard Squad — which took credit for recent attacks on Xbox Live — is claiming responsibility.

PlayStation Network is the same division that suffered a major hack attack in 2011, one that exposed the personal information of 77 million customers and forced the network offline for months. Hackers responsible for that attack did so in support of George Hotz, a hacker who published the root key for the PlayStation 3 and was sued by Sony.


Photo: A poster advertising Sony Pictures movie “Fury” is displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 8, 2014. North Korea released a statement Sunday that clearly relished a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that depicts an assassination plot against Pyongyang’s supreme leader. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)


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