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Few options for US in response to North Korea hack

This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 17, 2014 shows Kumsusan Palace in PyongyangPresident Barack Obama vowed Friday to punish North Korea for hacking a Hollywood studio, but Washington’s options are limited and Pyongyang’s economic weakness is a surprising strength. No one expects the United States to launch a military strike against a nuclear-armed provocateur, but sanctions against its tiny economy or cyber attacks on its ramshackle Internet would achieve little. “I’m sure they’re exploring covert options, but also looking at it through the prism of — ‘we don’t want to start an armed conflict on the Korean peninsula’,” said cyber war expert James Lewis. According to the US government, Kim Jong-Un’s secretive state was behind a cyber attack that humiliated major studio Sony Pictures and forced it to cancel a movie mocking him.

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