Sony Pictures executives are zeroing in on North Korea as the source of the cyberattack that crippled its computer systems last week, according to people at the company.But the company is not yet prepared to publicly name North Korea or any other entity, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The company may make an announcement about its investigation into the hacking attack later this week.
Underscoring the severity of the attack and the potential geopolitical ramifications, one senior Sony employee matter-of-factly called the hacking "a terrorist attack."
Re/code reported earlier Wednesday that the Sony announcement "will officially name North Korea as the source" and could come as early as Wednesday afternoon. Sony subsequently said in a statement that the "Re/code story is not accurate."
"The investigation continues into this very sophisticated cyberattack," the statement added.
A Sony spokeswoman declined to comment further.
North Korea was identified as a possibility in the Sony cyberattack because the studio is preparing to release a comedy called "The Interview" that entails a plot to kill North Korea's leader.Sony and the security company it has retained to investigate the attack, Mandiant, have also pursued other possible culprits, including former employees.
But North Korea was identified as a possibility early on, partly because Sony is preparing to release a comedy called "The Interview" that entails a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. North Korean officials have publicly condemned the film.
In June, a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry called it "undisguised terrorism and a war action" and hinted at consequences to come: "those who defamed our supreme leadership and committed the hostile acts against the DPRK can never escape the stern punishment to be meted out," the spokesman said.
However, some experts have raised doubts about the notion of a state-sponsored attack.
A group calling itself "Guardians of Peace" said it was behind the hacking last week.
The intrusions into Sony's computer systems were widespread and, as depicted by employees, devastating.
Computers and corporate email accounts were rendered useless for several days. Sensitive documents, like spreadsheets of employee salaries, were pilfered and leaked to journalists. Several Sony films -- like the upcoming remake of the musical "Annie" and Brad Pitt's "Fury" -- were posted to illicit web sites.
"This theft of Sony materials and the release of employee and other information are malicious criminal acts, and we are working closely with law enforcement," Sony studio bosses Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal wrote in an internal memo on Tuesday night.
"The Interview" is still scheduled to be released on December 25.
Authored Brian Stelter and Frank Pallotta by via cnnmoney.com.
Sony announced on Monday that the PlayStation TV will be available on Oct. 14, and will launch with 700 games.
We got our first look at the set-top box at the E3 video game conference in June. The PlayStation TV will allow you to play PS3, PlayStation One, and PSP classic games through Sony's streaming-game service, PlayStation Now. It will also give you access to music and video-streaming services, much like Amazon's Fire TV or the Apple TV.
It will also connect with a PlayStation 4, allowing you to play PS4 games on another TV in your house, using what it calls Remote Play. The only caveat is that a wired internet network connection is necessary.
The PlayStation TV will be $99 for the system itself. You'll also need to buy a DualShock 3 controller, which must be purchased separately and costs about $40. Or for $139, you can a bundle that includes a controller and a Lego game, as well as an 8GB memory card.
The device has been out in Japan for nearly a year under the name Vita TV, but was marred by a fairly limited library of games and mediocre streaming services.
It'll be interesting to see what Sony has in mind for the future of the set-top box, or if it's just trying to throw its hat into an already crowded ring full of Apple TVs and Rokus. The Fire TV launched with more than 100 games back when it debuted earlier this year. And Microsoft doesn't offer a set-top box or any sort of "remote" play functionality with its Xbox console.
According to Business Insider Intelligence, video game consoles are the most popular streaming devices, with 54% of the market.
Perhaps with a launch library full of 700 games and the promise of Remote Play, the PlayStation TV will offer people an alternative to a standalone streaming device, which costs way less than a full gaming console.
You can preorder a PlayStation TV now.
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