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The White House National Security Council said the FBI was leading the investigation on a cyber attack on Sony Pictures and that the US government had offered the company support and assistance.
Hollywood filmmakers and actors voiced outrage after Sony Pictures pulled the release of North Korea parody The Interview, following threats from hackers who waged a massive cyberattack on the movie studio.
The US government said it was weighing the proportional response to the sophisticated perpetrator of a cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures, exposed its executives and led to the cancellation of the film The Interview.
Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response.
Sony Pictures said it would show The Interview in some US theatres after President Barack Obama and others criticised its decision last week to cancel the comedy's release following a devastating cyber attack that was blamed on North Korea.
The Interview, the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 movie theatres across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expression.
Sony Corp's Tokyo headquarters is changing its usual arm's-length relationship with its US studio following a massive cyberattack and the controversy over the comedy The Interview, with the group chief executive officer being consulted on key decisions, company officials said.
Japan, fearing it could be a soft target for possible North Korean cyber attacks in the escalating row over the Sony Pictures hack, has begun working to ensure basic infrastructure is safe and to formulate its diplomatic response, officials said.
Consumers paid US$15mil (RM52.47mil) in just four days to watch The Interview from the comfort of their couches, building expectations that other hot, new films might also make their debut online. But Hollywood is not quite ready to give that to viewers, experts say.
Sony Pictures Entertainment added more viewing options for its provocative comedy The Interview, making the film available through US pay television operators and nearly doubling the number of independent theaters that will show the movie.