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North Korea Refuses To Deny It Is Behind The Sony Pictures Hack

Five Sony films were leaked last week.

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The North Korean government has refused to deny being involved in the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

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A number of Sony films were leaked to the internet last week, including Fury, which stars Brad Pitt, and unreleased movies such as Annie and Mr. Turner, Variety reported.

North Korea was linked to the hacking after complaining to the US and the UN over upcoming release The Interview, which features James Franco and Seth Rogan in a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un.

According to the BBC, when asked about the allegations, a spokesman for North Korea said: "The hostile forces are relating everything to the DPRK (North Korea). I kindly advise you to just wait and see."

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A group calling itself Guardians of Peace has taken credit for the hacking.

The FBI is now looking into the data breach.

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According to Variety, a statement from the bureau declared: "The targeting of public and private sector computer networks remains a significant threat, and the FBI will continue to identify, pursue, and defeat individuals and groups who pose a threat in cyberspace."

Variety reported that Fury, which is still being shown in cinemas, has already been downloaded over 1 million times through piracy websites.

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Meanwhile, Annie, which is due to be released at the end of the month, has been downloaded just over 200,000 times.

Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

Contact Richard James at richard.james@buzzfeed.com.

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