After more than a week of speculation, an unidentified North Korean diplomat has told Voice of America that the country is not behind the hacking attacks that have taken place against Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The official says: “Linking the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea) to the Sony hacking is another fabrication targeting the country. My country publicly declared that it would follow international norms banning hacking and piracy.”
Pyongyang has been largely silent on the accusation with speculation for much of the past week in media outlets being that the cyber-attack was a form of retaliation by North Korea over the upcoming comedy “The Interview” which makes fun of their leader Kim Jong Un.
The attack itself, pulled off by a group dubbed the ‘Guardians of Peace’, began almost two weeks ago when Sony Pictures’ computer systems disabled email and other internal systems for about a week.
At the same time five films from their slate have been posted onto BitTorrent networks, and this week has seen internal studio data being made public including information about salary and star salaries and internal memos about employee dissatisfaction with their film slate.