The Obama administration doubled down on Friday on its allegation that North Korea’s leadership was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures as it announced new sanctions on 10 senior North Korean officials and several organizations. Administration officials said the action was part of what President Obama promised would be a “proportional response” against the country.
But White House officials said there was no evidence that the 10 officials took part in ordering or planning the Sony attack, although they described them as central to a number of provocative actions against the United States.
“It’s a first step,” one of the officials said. “The administration felt that it had to do something to stay on point. This is certainly not the end for them.”
The actions may well turn out to be more symbolic than substantive: North Korea already faces some of the heaviest sanctions of any country. …
The security firms and analysts questioning the government’s decision to “attribute” the attack to North Korea say that the public indicators do not back up the case.