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DPRK denies responsibility for Sony cyber attack

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday denied the hacking into film producer Sony Pictures, which will release a comedy about an assassination plan of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un this month, the official news agency KCNA reported.

"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," said a spokesman for the Policy Department of the National Defense Commission.

But the spokesman also said that the hacking, which was not at all linked to Pyongyang, might be "a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK," because the movie abets terrorism and hurts the dignity of the country's supreme leadership.

He called the hackers who had attacked Sony Pictures "champions of peace."

The statement given by the unnamed spokesman denounced the United States for setting Pyongyang as a target of the investigation and South Korea for groundlessly linking the cyber attack with the DPRK.

The Sony Pictures Entertainment was reportedly cyber attacked last week, leading to leakage of huge amounts of data and damage of the underlying system of the corporate. Major U.S. investigation bodies including the FBI have been engaged in the investigation of the attack.

In June, the DPRK blasted the Hollywood comedy entitled "The Interview," which depicts an assassination attempt on its top leader Kim Jong Un, warning if the U.S. administration connived at and patronized the screening of the film, it would invite a strong and merciless countermeasure.

[Source: Xinhua, Pyongyang, 07Dec14]

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