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FBI says North Korea's government is behind the Sony hack

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Posted at 8:52 AM, Dec 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-19 12:34:34-05

The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Friday it believes North Korea's government is behind the Sony Pictures cyber attack.

On Nov. 24, a group calling itself "Guardians of Peace" breached Sony's computer systems and leaked salaries and unreleased films. The FBI said it "has enough evidence to confirm" the North Korean government did it, according to reports.

Recent threats caused Sony to halt distribution of "The Interview," a comedic film about the assassination of Kim Jong Un, the country's totalitarian leader. Some are calling for the U.S. to take steps to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, according to the Associated Press. 

North Korea has declined it is involved in the cyber attack. It was on the list of state sponsors of terrorism for 20 years but removed in 2008 by the Bush administration. Countries currently with the designation include Iran, Sudan, Syria and Cuba, according to the AP.