Barack Obama has supported Sony’s decision to show The Interview in art-house cinemas across the US over Christmas, despite warnings of further cyber attacks.
According to the BBC, a statement from the White House encouraged the release of the film, highlighting the president’s belief in the US as a country of free speech and expression.
The statement said: “The decision made by Sony and participating theatres allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome that outcome.”
Sony believes the recent cyber attack on the entertainment company may be linked to the film, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists who plan to interview the North Korean leader and are recruited by the CIA to kill him.
The attack led to high-quality copies of still-to-be-released films being leaked online, and the firm is reportedly investigating whether North Korea is involved.
The act also crippled the company’s network and exposed the personal details of 47,000 people, but North Korea has officially denied responsibility.
More recently, internet access in North Korea was partially restored after the country suffered an outage across its four networks, according to reports.
The country’s internet suffered instability and came back online after nine-and-a-half hours of outage, according to Dyn Research, which monitors thousands of networks worldwide.
Internet access in North Korea is limited to civilians anyway, as access to external internet, as opposed the internal North Koran intranet, is reserved for the government and those with special authorisation.
There has not yet been any indication on whether the outage was caused by an external cyber attack or an internal problem.
In March 2014, North Korea pointed the finger at the US accusing the country of carrying out cyber attacks against its internet servers, blocking access to some websites.
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