Wednesday, December 17, 2014

North Korea Behind Sony Hack



U.S. officials believe the North Korean government was behind the computer hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, a massive security breach that embarrassed several executives and led to the cancellation of the planned Dec. 25 release of "The Interview."

The officials told NBC News the hacking attack originated outside North Korea, but they believe the individuals behind it were acting on orders from the North Koreans.

"We have found linkage to the North Korean government," according to a U.S. government source. 

The officials offered no further details. "The Interview" is a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that depicts the fictionalized assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Sony on Wednesday dropped its plans to release the movie on Christmas Day after some of the country's largest theater chains said they were holding back or dropping the movie following threats of violence made by the same group that claimed it had hacked Sony, Guardians for Peace.


"Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business," Sony said in a statement Wednesday, saying that it reached the decision after the top cinema chains pulled out. Regal, Cinemark, Carmike and Cineplex were among the chains that said it would not show the film on the planned Dec. 25 premiere, citing security concerns.

5 comments:

  1. The Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in Dallas, Texas is "Putting the 'F' Back in Freedom."
    On Dec 27 instead of showing the Interview they will be swapping the film with Paramount's 2004 film Team America: World Police for one free screening. Celebrating the movie's 10 anniversary starring the evil dictator Kim Jon 2. The theater added: "THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win...well, that's your prerogative."

    http://drafthouse.com/movies/quote-alongs_team_america/dfw

    Good for them! Lets hope for a full house!

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    1. I love that movie. Play the theme song every morning when I work in Saudi Arabia.

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    2. Interesting suggestion by a viewer of WBZ Channel 4 this AM - suggested SONY does not show the movie in theatres - but instead - releases it for free via the internet to the whole world! I think I kinda like that idea!!!

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    3. Now Paramount has pulled Team America from theaters planning to show it.

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  2. They should make the movie available to a major network during either the Christmas or New Year’s holiday period for two showings (a la “The Sound Of Music” or “Peter Pan”) and then go to DVD and pay per view. This would allow maximum exposure and help offset some of the financial repercussions of this whole affair.

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