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December 9th, 2014
09:46 PM ET

North Korea calls Sony cyberattack "a righteous deed"

The hackers taking responsibility for the sophisticated cyber attack against Sony Pictures is making a demand - it wants the company to stop the movie, "The Interview," a comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

North Korea is strongly suspected of being behind the hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The Sony mega-hack: What you need to know

The cyber attack revealed a trove of sensitive information, including:

  • Entire films and movie scripts
  • Salaries of 6,000 employees
  • Internal memos and emails
  • More than 47,000 Social Security numbers of movie stars, employees, and contractors

Employees were threatened, receiving email messages that read, "your family will be in danger." Sony Pictures is calling it a terrorist attack.

North Korea denies responsibility, but calls the hack "a righteous deed." The hackers taking responsibility warned the company to stop showing the movie of "terrorism."

OutFront, Gordon Chang, who is a columnist and author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World."


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