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There are plenty in the cybersecurity industry that contend that North Korea couldn’t have possibly orchestrated the devastating hack on Sony in retaliation for the comedic film The Interview. In mid-December, cybersecurity analyst Marc Rogers dismissed the FBI’s assertion that North Korea was behind the attacks, stating, “The broken English looks deliberately bad and doesn’t exhibit any of the classic comprehension mistakes you actually expect to see in ‘Konglish’. i.e it reads to me like an English speaker pretending to be bad at writing English.” Rogers went on to add; “The fact that the code was written on a PC with Korean locale & language actually makes it less likely to be North Korea.... Read more...
The war of words between the United States and North Korea is escalating. Following the Sony breach that took place in late November (all because of a comedy film called The Interview), the FBI and the Obama Administration pointed fingers at North Korea for orchestrating the attack. North Korea has claimed innocence throughout the aftermath, but indicated in early December that it condoned the “righteous deed.” The Obama administration stated that it would “respond proportionately” to the hack, and not long after, North Korea was the on the receiving end of an “unprecedented” Internet takedown which sent the country even further into the stone ages — if only for a few hours.The U.S. didn't claim... Read more...
Sony is still trying to recover from a crippling hack that rocked its corporate networks in late November. Then attacks, which were carried out due to the planned release of the movie The Interview, resulted in leaked personal information, leaked emails and memos, threats against Sony employees and the families, and threats against movie theaters that attempted to show the film. Despite the threats, Sony ended up releasing the movie in theaters — with a much smaller rollout the initially planned — and online with impressive results. While the publicity and news coverage of the Sony hack is dying down as we enter 2015, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation... Read more...
South Korean activist Park Sang-hak has alerted the media that he's planning to drop 100,000 DVDs and USB devices containing the movie The Interview into North Korea sometime later this month. Sang-hak is a North Korean defector who partnered up with the Human Rights Foundation, a U.S.-based non-profit that's financing production of DVDs and USBs containing the movie with Korean subtitles. The move is expected to infuriate North Korea, which the FBI said is responsible for the massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment last month. Though some have questioned the evidence and whether or not North Korea was actually involved in the attack, U.S. officials... Read more...
Sony released “The Interview” in select theaters as well as on YouTube and Google Play despite a massive data breach and terrorist-style threats that were meant to stymie the project. Thanks to the publicity that stemmed from the attack on Sony Pictures, “The Interview” has become Sony’s most successful online movie by raking in $15 million in sales though Saturday. According to Sony, The movie was rented or downloaded over 2 million times since it was released on Tuesday. It is Sony’s highest grossing online release of all time, far outpacing successes such as “Snowpiercer” with $7 million and “Bachelorette” with $8.2 million. Meanwhile, the limited theater release earned... Read more...
It's been quite the month as far as Sony and its film The Interview are concerned. In case you're just joining in, the ongoing saga began last month, when a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace (or 'GOP' for short) hit Sony with a crippling attack. At least 10TB of its data was stolen, much of which included employee records and unreleased Sony proprietary content. At that time, it wasn't entirely clear why GOP had such a beef with Sony, but it didn't take long to figure out that The Interview was the primary issue at hand. In The Interview, Seth Rogan and James Franco head to North Korea to get a once-in-a-lifetime interview with the supreme leader Kim Jong-un. That in itself would... Read more...
Despite #GOP’s, the hacker group claiming responsibility for the massive data breach at Sony Pictures, efforts to make sure “The Interview” is never shown in theaters, such is not the case. While Sony originally announced that the movie would not be shown in theaters, it later rescinded that decision and will be showing the movie in select theaters. However, Google has announced that “The Interview” is now available on YouTube and Google Play.According to Google chief legal officer David Drummond, Sony had been contacting various companies to ask if they would make “The Interview” available online. While Google was eager to help, Drummond stated that the security implications were Google’s main... Read more...
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his regime may have attempted to censor the world from seeing "The Interview," a comedy in which the CIA hires a pair of ill-equipped TV personalities to assassinate the dictator, but as they say in the business, the show must go on. And it will -- following a knee-jerk reaction by cinemas and even Sony Pictures Entertainment to cancel the Christmas Day opening of "The Interview," around 300 independently-owned theaters have decided to show the flick, and so has Google, through its YouTube service.According to a CNN Money report, Google and Sony have come to terms on a deal to distribute the flick on YouTube, though there's a chance it could fall apart since... Read more...
Breaking news, folks -- Sony has decided not to bow to pressure from hackers to cancel the Christmas Day debut of "The Interview," at least not outright. In a statement pulled from NBC's Facebook page and making the rounds on the web, Sony confirmed the film will have a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 25, 2014. "We have never given up on releasing 'The Interview' and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day," said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. "At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience." "I want to thank... Read more...
Last Wednesday, Sony decided not to release “The Interview” in theatres as the hacking group Guardians of Peace threatened 9/11-style attacks at theaters that showed the movie. However, it appears Sony has decided that it will show “The Interview” in some way according to a company lawyer. On Sunday, attorney for Sony Pictures David Boies said on NBC’s Meet the Press, “Sony only delayed this.” Boies was referring to Sony’s decision to cancel the movie’s Christmas Day release as major theatre chains such as AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Cineplex Entertainment, and Regal Entertainment Group refused to show the movie. In a statement, Sony announced it had made the... Read more...
At first, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wasn’t so certain that North Korea was the responsible party for the massive cyberattack on Sony. Earlier this month, FBI cyber division assistant director Joe Demarest simply stated, “There is no attribution to North Korea at this point.” Today, however, there is no doubt that North Korea was behind the attack. North Korea was no doubt incensed by the planned release of the movie “The Interview,” which details a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The FBI released a statement this afternoon concluding that it "now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions.” “North... Read more...
The terrorists win! It looks as those that perpetrated the incredible Sony hack in late November have gotten their wish. We reported earlier this morning that Carmike Cinemas got cold feet following the threat of 9/11-style attacks and decided not to show “The Interview” in its 254 theaters. That was obviously a devastating body blow for Sony, which has already suffered so much from the cyberattack. But this afternoon, we learned that four additional theaters chains pulled support for the film, effectively giving Sony and “The Interview” a knockout punch that will result in losses in the millions (if not hundreds of millions once the postmortem of the hack is conducted). The four additional chains... Read more...
The latest twist in the Sony hacking saga that appears to be motivated by the upcoming movie "The Interview," a comedy in which actors James Franco and Seth Rogen are tasked by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, is that hackers have begun threatening movie goers who see the flick with violence. This has prompted Carmike Cinemas to cancel its planned showings of the movie. Carmike Cinemas, the fourth largest cinema chain in the nation, operates 278 theaters across 41 states. According to reports, Sony Pictures Entertainment told theater owners that it would be supportive of their individual decisions on whether or not to show the film -- it's... Read more...
Things just keep going from bad to worse for Sony and the upcoming release of “The Interview,” a film that plots the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The company was hit with a massive cyberattack in November and the resultant fallout has included leaked internal documents, social security numbers of employees, and email exchanges between Sony executives and top Hollywood stars. Sony employees and their families have also been targeted with threats, and the perpetrators of the attack — which call ironically call themselves Guardians of Peace (#GOP) — have even resorted to blackmail schemes to further them. Now things are just getting to the point of ridiculousness, as the hackers... Read more...
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