U.S. Sanctions North Korea In Retaliation For Sony Hack
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"Today’s actions are driven by our commitment to hold North Korea accountable for its destructive and destabilizing conduct. Even as the FBI continues its investigation into the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, these steps underscore that we will employ a broad set of tools to defend U.S. businesses and citizens, and to respond to attempts to undermine our values or threaten the national security of the United States," said Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew. "The actions taken today under the authority of the President’s new Executive Order will further isolate key North Korean entities and disrupt the activities of close to a dozen critical North Korean operatives. We will continue to use this broad and powerful tool to expose the activities of North Korean government officials and entities."
The economic sanctions were placed against 10 senior North Korean officials and its intelligence agency. In briefings to reports, officials said they couldn't establish a direct link between the cyberattack against Sony and any of the 10 individuals named in the Executive Order, most of which seem linked to the country's missile and weapons sales,
Nevertheless, U.S. officials used the sanctions announcement to reiterate that it's confident North Korea was involved in the security breach and subsequent theft of terabytes of information, pointing out that critics of the FBI's findings aren't privy to classified evidence.
"We remain very confident in the attribution," a senior administration official told reporters during a briefing.