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North Korea Denies Hacking Sony Pictures

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Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, California, Dec. 2, 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, California, Dec. 2, 2014

North Korea has denied responsibility for a devastating cyber attack on the Sony Pictures computer network, despite the fact that no one has officially accused the Stalinist nation of being the culprit.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency released an article Sunday saying the attack may have been the work of North Korean supporters. The article said "Guardians of Peace," a previous unknown hacking gang that has taken responsibility for the attack was one such group.

Pyongyang has accused South Korea of floating false rumors about the attack.

Sony executives, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security are all conducting probes into the attack, and say it is too early to blame anyone.

Sony is preparing to release The Interview, a comedy film about two journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader King Jong Un. Pyongyang has strongly denounced the movie as an act of terrorism and war.

Unreleased copies of five Sony movies, including an Annie remake, were leaked online after the hack, and there are reports the hackers stole personal data, including medical and salary information of up to tens of thousands of employees.

Some information for this report came from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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