Sony Hack Drama Continues: Washington Wants North Korea to Compensate Sony for The Interview

The Sony hack drama continued on Saturday, as U.S. officials rejected North Korea’s offer to conduct a joint investigation to find the culprits behind the data breach and threats that caused Sony to cancel the release of the $44 million anti-North Korean comedy, The Interview.

Instead, the White House reiterated North Korea’s culpability and made overtures to China, requesting they help the U.S. “respond proportionately” to the Sony hack.

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North Korea Should Admit Their Culpability and Compensate Sony

White HouseWhite House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Mark Stroh rejected the possibility of a joint investigation, reasserting that the White House holds North Korea responsible–regardless of North Korea’s claim of innocence.

As the FBI made clear, we are confident the North Korean government is responsible for this destructive attack. We stand by this conclusion…The government of North Korea has a long history of denying responsibility for destructive and provocative actions.

Stroh did, however, offer North Korea a way to help bring the Sony hack saga to an end.

If the North Korean government wants to help, they can admit their culpability and compensate Sony for the damages this attack caused.

U.S. Turns to China for Help

Obviously, the White House does not believe North Korea will comply with this facetious suggestion. Consequently, they have begun making overtures to China to help block the North Korean hackers. An unnamed U.S. official told the New York Times that, if carried out, the action would cripple North Korea’s ability to perform similar attacks in the future and send a warning to other potential attackers.

What we are looking for is a blocking action, something that would cripple their efforts to carry out attacks.

Nevertheless, the damage from the hack may prove irreversible. Unless they find an alternative release avenue, Sony will take a $44 million bath on The Interview. But the hack will likely have long-term consequences as well. Several North Korea-themed film projects have already been cancelled following the terror threats prompted by The Interview, and it seems probable that movies studios will prove more hesitant to invest in this type of controversial film in the future.

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