U.S. authorities believe the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent hacking attacks on Sony Pictures because of anger over a comedy that was about to be released, the Boston Globe reports.
The determination by U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, coincided with Sony’s decision to cancel its release of “The Interview,” a controversial film about plotting to assassinate a fictional Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea.
The White House hasn’t yet determined whether to publicly accuse the country for its alleged roof.
Some officials are worrying about escalating tensions between the two counties.
Sony officials received a threat that “the world will be full of fear” if the film was released.
“Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time,” the threat added.