Even as the Hermit Kingdom strongly denied its hand in the infamous hack over Sony Films and has invited the US to take part in a joint investigation, the US has rejected their claims and continues to hold them responsible for the same. The President Barack Obama also blames North Korea for the cyber attack on Sony and for subsequent threats warning theater owners of 9/11 type attacks over the comedy movie “The Interview” on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea has termed US accusations about its alleged involvement as “groundless slander.”
“We propose to conduct a joint investigation with the US in response to groundless slander being perpetrated by the US by mobilizing public opinion,” said an unnamed spokesman from the North Korean foreign ministry.
“If the US refuses to accept our proposal for a joint investigation and continues to talk about some kind of response by dragging us into the case, it must remember there will be grave consequences,” the spokesman said.
After the devastating and unprecedentedly huge attack and threats, the satirical film which was scheduled to be released on Christmas has now been cancelled. Script details, private emails and personal information belonging to past and present employees of the company was released online by the nefarious hackers in the first of its kind attack.
The US defended its findings on Saturday, with US National Security spokesman Mark Stroh saying: “We are confident the North Korean government is responsible for this destructive attack.”
“If the North Korean government wants to help, they can admit their culpability and compensate Sony for the damages this attack caused,” he said.
This is the first instance of the United States directly accusing another country of such a cyber attack on American soil, and this has the potential of ruining the relations between the two countries for a long time.
Meanwhile, the President is not too happy over Sony’s decision to chicken out to threatening emails and went on record to say he wished Sony has spoken to him before cancelling the release. He said that could set a bad precedent and also embolden those behind it.