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It is a mark of how disreputable the U.S. intelligence services have become that a challenge to their claims by the despotic regime in North Korea seems believable. In regard to the cyber attack against Sony Pictures, the state-run Korean Central News Agency posted this 1,600 word official reaction to President Obama's charge that Pyongyang is responsible for the hacking, asserting that the 'grounds cited by the FBI are based on obscure technical data and false allegations.' The Kim Jong-un regime also says that although it is 'unaware of its residence,' it applauds the 'Guardians of Peace' for their 'righteous action' to 'prevent terrorism and defend justice.' The regime welcomes the hackers as part of a 'sacred war against terrorism and the chieftains of aggression - the U.S. imperialists.'


December 22, 2014


North Korea - Korean Central News Agency Home Page (English)

Pyongyang: The DPRK Policy Department of the National Defense Commission issued the following statement on Sunday:


A strange thing has occurred at the heart of the United States - that ill-famed cesspool of injustice - the shocking news of which is being dispensed to the world.


America's biggest movie producer Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is responsible for making and having plans to distribute the undesirable reactionary film The Interview, a movie that dares harm the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership and conjures up terrorism, has suffered a surprisingly sophisticated, destructive and menacing cyber attack. That has plunged the company into a bottomless quagmire, inflicting property losses worth hundreds of millions of dollars.


Here's how the American public now describes the case: "Sony Picture Entertainment's disgrace An extremely unfortunate event in U.S. history Sony Pictures Entertainment waved the white flag to the hackers" and an "an unprecedented disaster for the United States."

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Those who meted out such stern and just punishment are reported to be cyber experts styling themselves the "Guardians of Peace."


Seized with horror and feeling threatened by this merciless cyber attack which came in retaliation for Sony's unjust actions, North American movie distributors located in 41 U.S. states and Canada immediately canceled screenings of the reactionary film. Furthermore, it was reported that Sony Pictures, which directly backed its production and distribution, issued a hastily drawn up statement on Dec. 25 that it was suspending screenings of the undesirable movie planned in 63 countries.


Though it is unaware of its residence, the DPRK National Defense Commission thinks highly of the "Guardians of Peace" and its righteous action.


At the same time, the NDC considers it fortunate that Sony Pictures Entertainment, although belatedly, has been forced to give up overall distribution of this reactionary film thanks to the strong and decisive pressure imposed by movie distributors.


That is the official position of the army and people of the DPRK on what has happened at the heart of the United States. The DPRK takes this stance because The Interview is undesirable and reactionary and justifies and incites terrorism, which is something that shouldn't be tolerated by any country or region. The film's story is run through with a vicious and dastardly incitement of assassination against the head of a legitimate and sovereign state.


It's no wonder than that political and social circles in the U.S. itself comment on how wrong it is to defame a head of state simply because his politics differs from that of the United States and the fact that it has a hostile relationship with the latter. Therefore, Sony Pictures Entertainment has gotten itself into serious trouble and has paid a just price.


For these reasons, for its righteous deed inhibiting the progress of this evil cycle of retaliation that amount to terrorism sparking further terrorism, the "Guardians of Peace" have received high praise from the DPRK.


It is a matter of course that producers of movies and drama should refrain from deeds undesirable and contrary to the noble mission of supporting morality and civilization itself.


What is more important to the U.S. and its followers, however, is groundless trumpeting about how the source of the cyber attack is the DPRK.



On December 19, the FBI issued the results of its investigation into the hack at the Sony Pictures. According to the agency, the company has suffered tremendous losses.


However great the losses may be, the United States has no standing to pull up others without cause. The FBI presented the results of its own technical analysis of the hacking conducted by the "Guardians of Peace," using it as grounds for asserting that the hacking was committed by the DPRK.


[Editor's Note: The FBI issued a statement on Dec. 19 that says in part:


"As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions."]


The statement says that malignant code linked to an IP already connected to north Korea through the "March 20 hacking case" and cyber attacks against media and other computer networks in south Korea over recent years are similar to code applied against Sony Pictures, providing further grounds to assert that "this was done by the north."


[Editor's Note: Again, according to the FBI:


n  Technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed. For example, there were similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks.

n  The FBI also observed significant overlap between the infrastructure used in this attack and other malicious cyber activity the U.S. government has previously linked directly to North Korea. For example, the FBI discovered that several Internet protocol (IP) addresses associated with known North Korean infrastructure communicated with IP addresses that were hardcoded into the data deletion malware used in this attack.

n  Separately, the tools used in the SPE attack have similarities to a cyber attack in March of last year against South Korean banks and media outlets, which was carried out by North Korea.]


Specifically, the statement cites as proof the fact that the malignant code and algorithm used in the attack are similar to those used during a hacking attack on south Korea.



Not satisfied with this groundless "evidence," the FBI is issuing a tirade of ambiguous remarks that it claims cannot be explained due to a need to "protect sensitive sources and methods." This is an acknowledgement that such assertions about the north amount to groundless allegations rather than scientific proof.


It is common sense to recognize that cyber warfare methods are similar worldwide, including the types of hacking programs and code that is used. If someone uses U.S.-made hacking programs and code and applies U.S. encoding methods, the FBI would be wise to admit to the difficulty of asserting that someone other than the United States is responsible for the attack.


Moreover, the DPRK has never made or even attempted a "cyber-attack" against south Korea. The rumor of such an attack was a concoction and a plot by south Korea's puppet regime.


After all, the grounds cited by the FBI are based on obscure technical data and false allegations. Accordingly, the announcement itself is just another fabrication. This is the DPRK's stand on America's gangster-like behavior against it.


What is so grave is that U.S. President Obama is treating this reckless rumor of a "DPRK cyber-attack on Sony Pictures" as a fait accompli while crying on about having a carefully-calculated proportional response and other retaliatory sanctions.


This is similar to punching the air after being struck hard. There is a saying that every sin contains its punishment within it. When forced to pay dearly for evil doings, it is best for the guilty to repent and draw the proper lesson.


The DPRK has clear evidence that the U.S. administration was deeply involved in the creation of this dishonest and reactionary film.


It is said that the film was conceived and produced according to 'guidelines' provided by the U.S. authorities, which contend that movies like this damage the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership, and that inciting terrorism against it would be an effective way of making "propaganda against north Korea."

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The U.S. State Department's special human rights envoy went as far as urging movie makers to keep every scene that is insulting to the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership, asserting the need to "vex the north Korean government."


Since it has loudly called for combating terrorism around the world while scheming behind the scenes to produce and distribute movies that incite terrorism, the facts show that the United States is the chief culprit terrorism.


In light of all this, it is no exaggeration to say that the U.S. administration and President Obama are behind this episode. Can he [Obama] cover up crimes that he has himself has committed by attempting to falsify truth and turn white to black?


We watched with unusual attention what the "Guardians of Peace" have done to prevent terrorism and defend justice. We know not who or where they are, but we can say for sure that they support and sympathize with the DPRK.


The army and people of the DPRK, who aspire to justice and truth and value conscience, have hundreds of millions of supporters and sympathizers - known and unknown - who have turned out to overcome in this just cause and help in the sacred war against terrorism and the chieftains of aggression - the U.S. imperialists.


By publicly and personally declaring that the U.S. would have a "proportional response," Obama has exhibited disgraceful behavior.


Whatever this "proportional response" may be, the army and people of the DPRK will never be browbeaten by it. The DPRK has already launched the toughest of counter responses. No miscalculation is more fooling than the assumption that a single movie production company is the target of this response. Every citadel of the U.S. imperialists, who have earned the bitterest grudge of all Koreans, is our target. The army and people of the DPRK are fully prepared to confront the U.S. in every theater of war, including cyberspace, to obliterate those citadels.


Our toughest response will by far surpass the "proportional response" declared by Obama, and will be boldly taken against the cesspool of terrorism the White House, the Pentagon and the entire U.S. mainland.


This is the tough and unwavering stand of the army and people of the DPRK.


Those fighting for justice include the "Guardians of Peace," who have made their presence felt in the sacred drive to cooperate in the fight to defend human justice and conscience and dismember the root cause of all sorts of evil and the kingpin of injustice, U.S. imperialism. Not only on the U.S. mainland itself but around the world, its opponents are sharpening their bayonets.


This In regard to the cyber attack against Sony Pictures, the state-run Korean Central News Agency posted this 1,600 word official reaction to President Obama's charge that Pyongyang is responsible for the hacking, asserting that the 'grounds cited by the FBI all based on obscure technical data and false allegations.' This 1,600 word response from the Kim Jong-un regime says that although it is 'unaware of its residence,' it applauds the 'Guardians of Peace' for their 'righteous action' to 'prevent terrorism and defend justice.' The regime also pours scorn on evidence cited by the FBI as 'based on obscure technical data and false allegations' to general to confirm That justice prevails over injustice is an inevitable truth of historic development.


Those who challenge justice by toeing the line of the top criminal America will not escape a merciless punishment, becoming a target of the sacred drive to cooperate in the fight against the United States.


The U.S. should reflect on the evil actions that have landed itself in such trouble, apologize to the people of Korea and people around the world and not dare pull up others without cause.



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CNN, U.S.: VIDEOS: Hackers Tell Sony it Will 'Safeguard Data' if Movie is 'Never Released'
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