US places sanctions on North Korea for hacking Sony

In what’s described as the “first” response to the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Obama administration today announced new sanctions against North Korea. These sanctions are separate from those already imposed against Pyongyang over the country’s nuclear program and come in response to “recent provocations,” the US Treasury Department said in a press release. President Obama signed an executive order authorizing the sanctions earlier today.

“This step reflects the ongoing commitment of the United States to hold North Korea accountable for its destabilizing, destructive and repressive actions, particularly its efforts to undermine US cyber-security and intimidate US businesses and artists exercising their right of…

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