Spy Chief Names North Korean Behind Hack

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies during a hearing before Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee January 29, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "Current and Projected National Security Threats Against the United States."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has named the North Korean official who allegedly ordered the hacking attack on Sony Pictures, The Daily Beast’s M.L. Nestel reports. Clapper said at a cybersecurity conference in Manhattan that Gen. Kim Youn Chol, his counterpart in North Korea, must have ordered the cyberattack. Clapper said he met Kim during a tense 12-course meal in Pyongyang last year while he was retrieving two American prisoners. “Kim was a four-star general in charge of the Reconnaissance General Bureau. The RGB is the organization responsible with the overseeing attack against Sony.” Clapper added that the two got in a heated exchange that involved both men jabbing fingers into each other’s chests.