North Korea is denying involvement in a hack on Sony Pictures.
A government official issued a lengthy statement to KCNA, North Korea's state-run news agency. The official praised the hack, but said North Korea had no involvement.
"We do not know where in America the SONY Pictures is situated and for what wrongdoings it became the target of the attack," read the statement. "But what we clearly know is that the SONY Pictures is the very one which was going to produce a film abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea]."
The statement goes on to speculate the hack might be a "righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers" of North Korea.
North Korea has been upset with Sony for its upcoming comedy The Interview, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two journalists tasked with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. That has sparked speculation the country was behind the Nov. 24 attack, which lead to leaked documents containing sensitive data about thousands of Sony employees, among other things. Five of the studio's films were also leaked.
Hacking group Guardians of Peace has taken responsibility for the attack. On Friday, the group emailed Sony staffers, threatening harm to their family members. Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton addressed the threat, sending employees a memo that the FBI had been notified.
Kevin Mandia, head of the cybersecurity firm that is investigating the hack, told Sony execs the attack on the studio was "unprecedented in nature" and "carried out by an organized group."
The full statement from the government spokesperson can be read below.
The SONY Pictures, a film producer in the U.S., has reportedly been attacked by hackers.
The hacking is so fatal that all the systems of the company have been paralyzed, causing the overall suspension of the work and supposedly a huge ensuing loss.
Much upset by this, the U.S. mobilized many investigation bodies including FBI, CIA and the Department of Homeland Security for urgent investigation and recovery of the system.
We do not know where in America the SONY Pictures is situated and for what wrongdoings it became the target of the attack nor we feel the need to know about it.
But what we clearly know is that the SONY Pictures is the very one which was going to produce a film abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK by taking advantage of the hostile policy of the U.S. administration towards the DPRK.
We already called upon the world to turn out in the just struggle to put an end to U.S. imperialism, the chieftain of aggression and the worst human rights abuser that tramples down the universal rights of people to peaceful and stable life and violates the sovereignty of other countries, as well as its followers.
The hacking into the SONY Pictures might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK in response to its appeal.
What matters here is that the U.S. set the DPRK as the target of the investigation, far from reflecting on its wrongdoings and being shameful of being taken unawares. And the south Korean group, keen on serving its master, groundlessly linked the hacking attack with the DPRK and floated the "story about the north's involvement", an indication of its inveterate bitterness towards its country fellowmen.
The U.S. and south Korean puppet group are all accustomed to pulling up others for no specific reason when something undesirable happens in their own land.
The south Korean puppet group went the lengths of floating the rumor that the north was involved in the hacking that happened in the U.S., a country far across the ocean.
It should be well aware that it can not evade the severe punishment by the anti-U.S. sacred war to be staged all over the world if it blindly curries favor with the U.S. as now.
The U.S. should also know that there are a great number of supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK all over the world as well as the "champions of peace" who attacked the SONY Pictures.
The righteous reaction will get stronger to smash the evildoings.