December 18, 2014 / 6:39 PM / 3 years ago

White House says U.S. weighing proportionate response to Sony hack

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, California in this December 11, 2014 file photo.Kevork Djansezian/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that U.S. officials were treating a cyber attack on Sony Pictures as a serious national security matter and that President Barack Obama's National Security Council was considering a proportionate response.

Obama's top national security officials have met daily about the attack, which was done by a "sophisticated actor," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

But Earnest said he was not in a position to confirm North Korea was responsible for the attack, and said the federal investigation was progressing.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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