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Who Were the Sony Hackers Taking Orders From? U.S. Investigators Believe They Have the Answer

The entrance of Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California is seen December 16, 2014. "Guardians of Peace" hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in their most chilling threat yet against Sony Pictures, warning the Hollywood studio not to release a film which has angered North Korea. (Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The hackers that executed a devastating attack on Sony were acting on orders from North Korean leaders, according to U.S. investigators.

CNN and NBC both reported Wednesday evening that a U.S. "assessment" concluded the communist country was responsible for the cyberattack.

According to CNN, U.S. officials may announce as soon as tomorrow that North Korea ordered the attack.

U.S. officials believe, however, that while the orders originated from North Korea, the actual hacking did not take place inside the communist country.

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 Associated Press contributed to this report.

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