Monday, December 22, 2014

North Korea begis plans to blow up the US

North Korea has threatened more attacks against the U.S. government and other American institutions after the hack on Sony which caused the cancellation of "The Interview" release. The North Korean government which was outraged by the film that showed Kim Jong Un get assassinated also said they had 'clear evidence' that the U.S engineered the project as a 'propaganda' attack against North Korea. KCNA, the state news agency said they would blow up the white house.
'The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the U.S. in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels.' 

But despite its direct language, the state continued to deny it had anything to do with the hack for which a group called the Guardians of peace have claimed responsibility. North Korea went on to call the hack a 'righteous deed' - and reiterated that it 'highly esteems' the attack - but said it had no idea where it came from. FBI officials have however explicitly linked the attack to the Korean regime, saying that technical details from the hack have Korean hallmarks. But Kim Jong Un's officials responded by calling FBI claims a 'fabrication', and describing U.S. actions as 'gangster-like'.

South Korea has already accused the North of numerous attacks over the past five years, and now Pyongyang may be showing its global reach. In June, North Korea promised to "mercilessly destroy’’ anyone associated with “The Interview,” a Sony Pictures action-comedy movie about a plot to assassinate Kim. Six months later, Sony Pictures has been hacked.
“Fears of North Korea’s hacking skills and also its general offensive capabilities have risen,” said Kim Jin Moo, a North Korea researcher at South Korea’s state-run Korea Institute for Defense Analyses in Seoul. “The perception that North Korea is a terrible threat has gotten stronger.” North Korean cyber intimidation is no surprise to South Korea. The country says North Korea has carried out six major cyber attacks on its institutions since 2009, costing the country $780 million. It includes an attack on one of South Korea’s largest banks, Nonghyup, that left about 30 million account holders unable to withdraw money for days in 2011.

According to the post, the North Korean government is also convinced that directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were under direct instruction from U.S. officials, who told them to include extra scenes to 'insult the dignity' of North Korea. They said: 'It is said that the movie was conceived and produced according to the 'guidelines' of the U.S. authorities who contended that such movies hurting the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership and inciting terrorism against it would be used in an effective way as "propaganda against north Korea".

Sony cancelled "The Interview's" formerly slated for December 25th after the hackers threatened real-world attacks on cinemas screening it. The vast majority of cinema chains which were set to screen the movie pulled it after the threats. President Obama later said Sony had made a mistake in cancelling the movie, and that he would have intervened to make sure it went ahead. In an interview with CNN, he said: 'If we set a precedent in which a dictator in another country can disrupt, through cyber, you know, a company's distribution chain or its products and, as a consequence, we start censoring ourselves, that's a problem.' However, he also sought to downplay the overall significance of the spat, calling it 'cyber vandalism', while North Korea has repeatedly called the making of the film 'an act of war'. g

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