LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities have determined that hackers working on behalf of the North Korean government were behind the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to CNBC and CNN.
“We have found linkage to the North Korean government,” a source told CNBC.
CNN’s Evan Perez said that an announcement is expected on Thursday that would “assign attribution” to the country, which threatened retaliation over the release of “The Interview.”
A spokeswoman for the FBI did not immediately return calls for comment. The bureau has been investigating the hacker attack.
The New York Times reported that U.S. officials had differences of opinion on whether the hackers were aided by Sony insiders.
Sony cancels release of ‘The Interview’
LOS ANGELES — Sony pulled the Christmas Day release of “The Interivew” on Wednesday after hackers levied threats to attack theaters showing the comedy, causing a slew of theater exhibitors to say they wouldn’t screen the movie.
The decision has already sparked a large variety of opinions, with many angry at the studio and exhibitors for pulling out of the film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as a duo on a mission to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Industry figures including Judd Apatow, Rob Lowe, Jimmy Kimmel and more have taken to social media to weigh in, with several slamming Sony for the decision. — REUTERS