Update, 2PM: The Obama administration has reached out to China, asking for their help in squashing any North Korea cyber attacks. The Chinese haven’t responded per The New York Times, and their help would be crucial given the fact that most of North Korea’s telecom lines run through Chinese-operated networks. Sony’s cyber attack has been routed through China, then transmitted through servers in Singapore, Thailand and Bolivia. The White House has contacted officials in each of these countries. Getting China aboard to support the U.S. might be a challenge: In May, the Justice Department indicted five Chinese Military hackers on stealing intel from U.S. companies. While President Obama is on vacation in Hawaii, officials have been drafting options for him to execute, i.e. cutting off the cash of those elite surrounding Kim Jong-un. For the time being, the U.S. Defense Department will refrain from a “demonstration strike” which entails cyber-crippling North Korean military facilities such as Yongbyon, the center of the country’s nuclear program. What prevents the U.S. from going full gung-ho on North Korea is White House officials’ concerns over our nation’s vulnerable targets, from our power grids to financial markets
Previous, 8 AM: After slamming the United States that its regime is responsible for the hack attack on Sony Pictures, North Korea proposed that both countries form a joint investigation to find the culprit. Both the Associated Press and CNN are reporting that North Korea is warning of serious consequences should Washington D.C. fail to comply with a joint probe that would show that Pyongyang was innocent of the Sony cyberattack. Analysts say it’s a typical maneuver by North Korea to show its sincerity, even though the U.S. would never collaborate. On Saturday, an unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman in Pyongyang proposed the joint investigation with the U.S.. “Whoever is going to frame our country for a crime should present concrete evidence,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday adding “America’s childish investigation result and its attempt to frame us for this crime shows their hostile tendency toward us.” The FBI announced earlier this week that North Korea was responsible for the cyberattack on Sony, which resulted in terrorist threats being made to those theaters playing the Seth Rogen-James Franco political comedy The Interview. In order to curb any kind of harm, the film, set for a Christmas day bow, was pulled off the release schedule.
As of late last night, the official website for The Interview was taken down, re-directing to landing page for Sony’s new opener this weekend, Annie. In addition all social media pages for the film including Facebook and Twitter account (@TheInterview) were removed.