The U.S. government is "working tirelessly" to bring the Sony hackers to justice and is "considering a range of options in weighing a potential response," the White House said Wednesday night.
"The U.S. government closely monitors all reports of breaches affecting U.S. companies, U.S. consumers, and U.S. infrastructure," the National Security Council said in a statement. "We know that criminals and foreign countries regularly seek to gain access to government and private sector networks – both in the United States and elsewhere."
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"The U.S. government has offered Sony Pictures Entertainment support and assistance in response to the attack. The FBI has the lead for the investigation. The United States is investigating attribution and will provide an update at the appropriate time," the statement continued. "The U.S. government is working tirelessly to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice, and we are considering a range of options in weighing a potential response."
Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday night that an assessment by U.S. investigators concluded the Sony hackers were acting on orders from North Korean leaders.
Until Wednesday, the Obama administration had been saying it was not immediately clear who might have been responsible for the computer break-in. North Korea has publicly denied it was involved.
The unidentified hackers had demanded that Sony cancel its upcoming release of the movie “The Interview,” a comedy that included a gruesome scene depicting the assassination of North Korea’s leader.
On Wednesday, Sony Pictures said in a statement that they have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25th theatrical release of “The Interview” amid terror threats thought to have come from the same group of hackers. The motion picture company also said they had no further release plans for the movie — including releasing it onto DVD or on-demand.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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