Recent statements from the hacking group behind the attacks seem to echo that statement. Because of the group's penchant for communicating through open, unprotected email accounts, it is difficult to verify any message as definitively coming from the group, but one recent message sent to The Verge singled out The Interview as a dangerous and irresponsible move by the studio. Sent from a password-protected email associated with the group, the message read:
Our aim is not at the film The Interview as Sony Pictures suggests. But it is widely reported as if our activity is related to The Interview. This shows how dangerous film The Interview is. The Interview is very dangerous enough to cause a massive hack attack. Sony Pictures produced the film harming the regional peace and security and violating human rights for money. The news with The Interview fully acquaints us with the crimes of Sony Pictures. Like this, their activity is contrary to our philosophy. We struggle to fight against such greed of Sony Pictures.
If the North Korean connection bears out, it would be an extremely unusual development: the first time a Hollywood studio has come under attack from a foreign power. It would also be the first time a foreign power has taken an active interest in piracy, leaking several of Sony's films onto torrent sites. It's too early to say for sure: so far, all the North Korea connections are circumstantial. But even if the culprits are run-of-the-mill criminals, it's already one of the most unusual attacks we've seen in years.