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.
NBC News: US officials believe the individuals behind it were acting on orders from the North Koreans— Jesse Rodriguez (@Jesse Rodriguez)1418857726.0
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.
NBC News: US officials say the hacking attack on SONY originated outside North Korea, but on orders from the North Koreans— Jesse Rodriguez (@Jesse Rodriguez)1418857760.0
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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