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Obama Vows US Will Respond To Sony Hack // Obama Promet US Will Respond To Hack De Sony

Obama Vows US Will Respond To Sony Hack // Obama Promet US Will Respond To Hack De Sony
December 20
07:59 2014

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US President Barack Obama declared on Friday that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the US would respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal.

The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

Speaking of executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Obama said at a year-end news conference, “I wish they had spoken to me first. … We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship.”

Obama said he imagined situations in which dictators “start seeing a documentary that they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like”.

Sony said it had had no choice but to cancel distribution of the movie since cinemas were refusing to show it. North Korea denied anew that it had hacked the studio.

“There is not any connection,” UN diplomat Kim Song told The Associated Press. Song criticised the film but disputed his government hacked Sony and orchestrated the movie’s shutdown: “It defamed the image of our country. It made a mockery of our sovereignty. We reject it. But there is no relation” to the hacking.

Threats of terror attacks

The US decision to openly blame North Korea – which involved agreement by the State Department and intelligence agencies – escalated a global game of brinkmanship.

It happened after the disclosure of confidential Sony emails and business files and threats of terror attacks against US movie theatres until Sony agreed to cancel the Christmas Day release of its comedy, The Interview.

Obama spoke not long after the FBI provided the most detailed accounting to date of the digital break-in. The president’s pointed criticism of Sony shifted focus to whether the studio would modify its decision, as some leading celebrities – including actors George Clooney and Sean Penn – have recommended.

“Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced,” Obama said. “Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake.”

Sony Pictures chief executive Michael Lynton said it was the president who was mistaken, noting that Sony cancelled the release only after all major movie chains decided not to show the movie.

But the Homeland Security Department concluded those threats were not credible, and the top multiplex chains in North America dropped The Interview only after Sony informed them it would not protest if the cinemas pulled the film.

‘Obama mistaken’

Representatives for Regal, AMC, and Carmike did not immediately respond to request for comment on Friday.

“The president, the press and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened,” Lynton told CNN.

“We do not own movie theatres. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theatres.”

Lynton did not indicate whether Sony planned to release the movie on DVD or through video-on-demand services, which are not controlled by theatres, but the company suggested that was an option in a statement late Friday.

“The only decision that we have made with respect to release of the film was not to release it on Christmas Day in theatres, after the theatre owners declined to show it,” the company said.

“After that decision, we immediately began actively surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform.”

Obama spokesperson Jennifer Friedman responded that the White House was pleased to hear Sony is working to distribute the film.

“People should be able to decide for themselves whether or not they would like to see it,” Friedman said on Friday night.

Subtle clues

Lynton said to CNN that though YouTube distribution is “one thing that we will consider,” no major video-on-demand or e-commerce site has stepped forward to offer to distribute the film. A DVD release falls into the same category.

“If we can’t find one of those large retailers, or many of those large retailers to sell our DVDs, we wouldn’t be able to provide them with The Interview,” said Lynton.

As for the case against North Korea, the US detected communications between computer internet addresses known to be operated by North Korea and hacking tools left behind at the crime scene, which the FBI said contained subtle clues linking them to that country’s government.

The US said in a statement: “North Korea’s actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a US business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves.”

The statement included a general promise to impose “costs and consequences” on any person, group or government using cyberattacks to threaten the US or its interests.

Obama wasn’t any more specific.

“They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond,” he said. “We will respond proportionally, and we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose. It’s not something that I will announce here today at a press conference.”

Hackers taunt with new email

In a taunting new email, the hackers told Sony that executives were “very wise” to cancel the movie’s release and warned the studio never to release the film “in any form.”

In Hollywood, Clooney said the entertainment industry should push for immediate release of The Interview online. In an interview with the trade site Deadline, he urged Sony to “do whatever you can to get this movie out. Not because everybody has to see the movie, but because I’m not going to be told we can’t see the movie. That’s the most important part.”

Penn said: “By caving to the outside threat, we make our nightmares real. The decision to pull The Interview is historic. It’s a case of putting short-term interests ahead of the long term.”

The evidence implicating North Korea was previously described as largely circumstantial, including unspecified clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia traced to earlier attacks blamed on North Korea.

Now, the FBI said, those clues included similarities to other tools developed by North Korea in specific lines of computer code, encryption algorithms and data deletion methods.

More significantly, the FBI discovered that computer internet addresses known to be operated by North Korea were communicating directly with other computers used to deploy and control the hacking tools and collect the stolen Sony files.

US options for action limited

The FBI noted in its statement that it worked closely on the investigation with “other US government departments and agencies”.

Those included the National Security Agency, a person familiar with the case said, speaking only on condition of anonymity because some information NSA was providing in the case was highly classified.

An internal FBI investigative document obtained by The Associated Press identified the computers in the Sony hacking as operating in New York, Thailand, Poland, Italy, Bolivia, Singapore and Cyprus.

At least three were still functioning on Friday, responding online to internet test signals transmitted by the AP. The hackers previously published some of the stolen materials with a message that included five addresses using an anonymous email service in France.

US options for acting against North Korea are limited. The US already has severe trade sanctions in place, and there is no appetite for military action.

Even if investigators could identify and prosecute the individual hackers believed responsible, there’s no guarantee that any located are overseas would ever see a US courtroom.

Hacking back at North Korean targets by US government experts could encourage further attacks against American targets.

“I think the administration is going to look for other ways that we can press financial pain on the leadership of the regime and its cronies,” said Adam Schiff, a member of the House intelligence committee whose congressional district includes major movie studios.

– AP



Etats-Unis le Président Barack Obama a déclaré vendredi queSony « fait une erreur » dans l’étagère un film satirique sur uncomplot visant à assassiner le chef de la Corée du Nord, et il apromis que les Etats-Unis répondrait “dans un lieu et d’unemanière et d’un temps que nous choisissons” à l’attaque depiratage Sony qui a conduit au retrait.


Le FBI a blâmé le hack sur le gouvernement communiste.


En parlant de cadres de Sony Pictures Entertainment, Obama a déclaré dans une conférence de presse de fin d’année “je souhaitequ’ils avaient parlé de moi tout d’abord.Nous ne pouvons pasavoir une société dans laquelle certaines dictateur un endroit peutcommencer à imposer la censure. »


Obama a dit qu’il imaginait des situations dans lesquellesdictateurs « commencent à voir un documentaire qu’ils n’aimentpas ou qu’ils n’aiment pas les journaux télévisés ».


Sony a dit elle n’avait eu aucun choix mais pour annuler ladistribution du film depuis cinémas refusaient de le montrer. LaCorée du Nord a refusé de nouveau qu’il avait piraté le studio.


« Il n’est pas n’importe quelle connexion, » diplomate des Nations Unies Kim Song a déclaré à l’Associated Press. Chanson a critiquéle film, mais a contesté son gouvernement piraté Sony etorchestré la fermeture du film: “il diffamé l’image de notre pays. Ila fait une parodie de notre souveraineté. Nous la rejetons. Mais iln’y a aucun lien de parenté”pour le piratage.


Menaces d’attaques terroristes


La décision des Etats-Unis d’accuser ouvertement la Corée du Nord qui de convention conclue par les agences derenseignement et le département d’État escalade un jeu globalde la corde raide.


Il s’est passé après que la divulgation confidentielle de Sonycourriels et de fichiers de l’entreprise et les menaces de terreurattaques contre nous et salles de cinéma jusqu’à ce que Sony a décidé d’annuler la sortie de jour de Noël de sa comédie, TheInterview.


Obama s’est exprimé peu après que le FBI a fourni la comptabilitéplus détaillée à ce jour de l’effraction numérique. La critiquepointue du Président de Sony changé d’orientation pour savoir sile studio serait de modifier sa décision, comme certaines célébritésde premier plan, y compris les acteurs George Clooney et SeanPenn, ont recommandé.


“Sony est une société. Elle a subi des dommages importants. Il yavait des menaces à l’encontre de ses employés. “Je suissympathique aux préoccupations qu’ils sont confrontés, a ditObama. « Cela dit, oui, je pense qu’ils ont fait une erreur. »


Sony Pictures chef exécutif Michael Lynton dit que c’est lePrésident qui s’est trompé, notant que Sony a annulé la libérationqu’après toutes les chaînes de film majeur a pas décidés demontrer le film.


Mais le Homeland Security Department a conclu les menacesn’étaient pas crédibles, et les haut de la page chaînes multiplexesen Amérique du Nord a chuté l’entrevue seulement après queSony les a informés il ne protesterait pas si les cinémas tiré le film.


‘Obama trompé’


Représentants Regal, AMC et Carmike n’a pas immédiatementrépondu à la sollicitation des observations du vendredi.


Lynton “le Président, la presse et le public sont trompent quant àce qui s’est réellement passé”, a déclaré à CNN.


“Nous ne possédons pas de salles de cinéma. Nous ne pouvons pas déterminer si un film se jouera dans les salles de cinéma.”


Lynton n’indique pas que Sony prévoit de sortir le film sur DVDou par l’intermédiaire de services de vidéo à la demande, qui nesont pas contrôlés par les théâtres, mais la compagnie a avancéc’était une option dans un communiqué vendredi soir.


« La seule décision que nous avons fait avec respect, à la sortie dufilm était ne pas de le libérer le jour de Noël dans les salles, aprèsque les propriétaires de théâtre a refusé de le montrer », a indiquéla compagnie.


« Après cette décision, nous avons immédiatement commencéarpentage activement des solutions de rechange afin de nouspermettre de sortir le film sur une plate-forme différente. »


Obama porte-parole Jennifer Friedman a répondu que la maisonblanche a été heureuse d’entendre que Sony s’efforce dedistribuer le film.


« Personnes soient capables de décider par eux-mêmes s’ilsaimeraient le voir, » Friedman a déclaré vendredi soir.


Indices subtils


Lynton, a déclaré à CNN que bien que la distribution de YouTubeest « une chose que nous examinerons, » aucune vidéo à lademande importante ou site e-commerce a s’avança pour offrirde distribuer le film. Une sortie DVD tombe dans la mêmecatégorie.


« Si nous ne trouvons pas un de ces grands détaillants, ouplusieurs de ces grands détaillants de vendre nos DVDs, nous neserions en mesure de leur fournir de l’entrevue, » a déclaréLynton.


En ce qui concerne l’affaire contre la Corée du Nord, aux États-Unis a détecté les communications entre les adresses internetordinateur appelés devant être exploité par la Corée du Nord etpiratage outils abandonnés sur les lieux du crime, dont le FBI a déclaré contenait des indices subtils qui les relient augouvernement de ce pays.


Aux Etats-Unis, a déclaré dans un communiqué: « les actes de laCorée du Nord visent à infliger des dommages importants à uneentreprise des États-Unis et de supprimer le droit des citoyensaméricains de s’exprimer. »


La déclaration comprenait la promesse générale d’imposer des « coûts et conséquences » sur toute personne, groupe ou dugouvernement à l’aide de cyberattaques de menacer les Etats-Unis ou ses intérêts.


Obama n’a pas été plus précis.


« Ils ont causé beaucoup de dégâts, et nous vous répondrons, »dit-il. “Nous répondrons de façon proportionnelle, et nous vousrépondrons dans un lieu et le moment et la manière que nouschoisissons. Il n’est pas quelque chose que je vais annoncer iciaujourd’hui à une presse

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