U.S. sanctions North Korea over Sony hacking

U.S. sanctions North Korea over Sony hacking
News from Dallas Morning News:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration imposed sanctions Friday on three entities and 10 individuals tied to the North Korean government, describing it as the first step in response to the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

White House officials said there was no evidence that the 10 officials took part in ordering or planning the attack, but they described them as central to a number of provocative actions against the United States.

“It’s a first step,” one of the officials said. “The administration felt that it had to do something to stay on point. This is certainly not the end for them.”

The sanctions, designed to isolate North Korea from the global financial system, are the first issued in direct response to a cyberattack on a U.S. corporation, and North Korea was to blame, the officials said.

The administration alleges that North Korea or people acting on its behalf hacked into Sony’s emails and private data to avenge the planned Christmas Day release of The Interview, a movie comedy about a plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

In an executive order, President Barack Obama authorized the Treasury Department to block the individuals and agencies from accessing the U.S. financial system and banned U.S. citizens from engaging in business with them.

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