NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The cyberattack on Sony Pictures that led to the studio calling off the release of the comedy movie “The Interview” originated in North Korea and was routed through servers in other countries, sources said Thursday.
The attack was routed through servers elsewhere in an effort to mask the real source of the attack, CBS News reported. The technique is common in cyberattacks.
It remained unclear Thursday how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to the threats against moviegoers.
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, though it did issue a statement earlier this month describing the hack as a “righteous deed.”
Earlier in the day Wednesday, the besieged Sony Pictures cancelled the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview,” citing the threats of violence against movie theaters and decisions by the largest multiplex chains in North America to pull the film from its screens.
The decision has drawn mixed reaction from moviegoers, celebrities and others.