N. Korea insults Obama, blames U.S. for Web outage

North Korea hurled a racist insult at President Obama on Saturday and accused the U.S. of engineering the country’s recent Internet disruption, while continuing to deny launching a cyberattack on Sony Pictures in response to the comedy The Interview.

The film, about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by two American journalists, outraged North Korea prior to its release and Sony Pictures fell victim to a crippling cyberattack exposing private e-mails and releasing potentially blockbuster films to pirating sites.

Sony Pictures initially called off the film’s release after hackers threatened 9/11-style attacks on theaters screening The Interview. Obama called the move “a mistake,” and many across the USA were outraged by what was perceived as a capitulation to terrorists, an infringement on American sovereignty and a threat to freedom of expression.

Sony Pictures then reversed its decision and released the film on a limited number of screens across the country on Christmas Day and made it available for digital rental and purchase online.

 

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Meredith Little

World News Journalist from Dublin, Ireland. Meredith has been with the Pluto Daily since October of 2013.