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Obama Warns N. Korea Over Sony Hack: 'We Will Respond'

Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Friday warned North Korea it would face retaliation for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures over an irreverent film comedy that infuriated Pyongyang.

Obama said the movie giant had "made a mistake" in canceling the Christmas Day release of "The Interview," a madcap romp about a CIA plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Sony defended its decision, made after anonymous hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in threatening cinemas screening the film, prompting theater chains to say they would not risk showing it.

An envoy for Pyongyang denied the secretive state was behind the hacking, which led to the release of a trove of embarrassing emails, scripts and other internal communications, including information about salaries and employee health records.

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Addressing reporters after the FBI said Pyongyang was to blame, Obama said Washington would never bow to "some dictator."

"We will respond. We will respond proportionately and we'll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose," Obama said.

"I'm sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake," he said.

"We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States."

- 'Acts of intimidation' -

Earlier, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had said it "now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions."

"Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior," the agency said in a statement.

The attackers used malware to break into the studio and render thousands of Sony Pictures computers inoperable, forcing the company to take its entire network offline, the FBI said.

It said analysis of the software tools used revealed links to other malware known to have been developed by "North Korean actors."

It also cited "significant overlap" between the attack and other "malicious cyber-activity" with direct links to Pyongyang, including an attack on South Korean banks carried out by North Korea.

"We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there," the FBI said.

There was "no evidence" that North Korea had acted in concert with another country, Obama said, after reports that China -- Pyongyang's only ally -- had possibly provided assistance.

Senior Republican lawmaker John McCain -- the incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee -- called the cyber attack an "act of war."

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And Senior Democratic Senator Robert Menendez urged Secretary of State John Kerry to consider again designating Pyongyang a state sponsor of terrorism.

"This is an unacceptable act of international censorship which curtails global artistic freedom and, in aggregate, would seem to meet the definitions for acts of terrorism," Menendez wrote to Kerry.

For his part, Obama referred to it as a "crime."

North Korea's mission to the United Nations firmly denied any involvement.

"Our country has no relation with the hacker," North Korean political counselor Kim Song told AFP.

- 'Costs and consequences' -

Though denying involvement in the brazen November 24 cyber attack, Pyongyang has nevertheless hailed it as a "righteous deed."

The North's top military body, the National Defense Commission, slammed Sony for "abetting a terrorist act while hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership," according to state news agency KCNA.

Hollywood filmmakers urged US authorities to do more to protect them against future cyber attacks.

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"We stand by our ('The Interview') director members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and hope that a way can be found to distribute the film by some means, to demonstrate that our industry is not cowed by extremists of any type," said Directors Guild of America chief Paris Barclay.

Free speech advocates and foreign policy hawks have slammed Sony's decision to pull "The Interview" as cowardice in the face of a hidden enemy.

McCain said it set a "troubling precedent that will only empower and embolden bad actors to use cyber as an offensive weapon even more aggressively in the future."

But Sony vigorously defended the move, and said it still hoped to release "The Interview" on a different platform -- perhaps on demand or online.

"We have not caved, we have not given in, we have persevered and we have not backed down," studio boss Michael Lynton told CNN.

"We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie."

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What can they do?
Upload it to a torrent site.

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Thank fuck, and awesome on obama... love his whole we will get you, where we want, when we want and how we want... thats the american badassery I love.

Sony is a joke in this matter and set a horrible precedent for bowing to terrorist threats, that's a slippery ass slope to get on.

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What can they do?
Upload it to a torrent site.
The same way they release all movies after they are done in theaters... through the multitude of outlets available. Also its already available as a torrent apparently.

Plus now sony and the movie got all this free advertising thanks to these hackers... the movie will still do well and now draw a larger audience then before IMO.


Id love for north korea to really have no involvement and this being the act of some 14 year old kid in some basement in Kentucky.

That would just be the icing on the cake of why sony should have shown the fucking movie and not caved.

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Thank fuck, and awesome on obama... love his whole we will get you, where we want, when we want and how we want... thats the american badassery I love.

Sony is a joke in this matter and set a horrible precedent for bowing to terrorist threats, that's a slippery ass slope to get on.

Sony/Japanese hate North Korea. If it was an USA production they would love it. Free advertisement. I really want to see what happens when we find out China has a lot to do with it.

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I doubt china would fuck up their good standing in the world over a movie about a north korean dictator... north korea only exists because its easier to let the insane fucker have his insane little dream world unfortunately.

If anything I can see china telling north korea to chill the fuck out so they dont strain china and americas relations.

This would explain why north korea went the anonymous route and deny involvement in these shenanigans vs their usual antics.

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China and North Korea are prominent allies. All of North Korea's weapons are Chinese. Whether the Chinese did it or they help North Korea. I think they are involved. Kinda what I thought.

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I think we need an atomic war to solve this problem.
Put this fucking movie on a platform, get 10$ cash and these idiots canĀ“t bomb anything.

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Bet we see part 2,3,4 and 5.

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Re: Obama Warns N. Korea Over Sony Hack: 'We Will Respond'

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I doubt china would fuck up their good standing in the world over a movie about a north korean dictator... north korea only exists because its easier to let the insane fucker have his insane little dream world unfortunately.

If anything I can see china telling north korea to chill the fuck out so they dont strain china and americas relations.

This would explain why north korea went the anonymous route and deny involvement in these shenanigans vs their usual antics.

China targets America with cyber attacks practically every day. They steal information, militarily secrets, blueprints, technology, business and economic layouts from American companies every year. But we never do anything about it.

North Korea probably sees the advantages of remaining anonymous. Like it's not obvious they are behind it.

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