Sony stands behind pulling the plug on “The Interview”Posted by Lawrence Lease on December 20, 2014
After a recent threat from North Korean hackers, Sony decided to pull “The Interview” from theaters nationwide ahead of its Christmas Day release. The comedy film, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, depicts the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un. President Obama joined voices saying he thought Sony made a mistake by pulling the plug on the film’s release. Obama’s statement came hours after the FBI announced North Korea is officially responsible for the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
Government agencies provided a list of options to respond to the recent attack by North Korea. A variety of options including banking and economic sanctions, but does not include adding North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terrorism. An FBI investigation linked the malware, infrastructure and techniques a group of hackers called “Guardians of Peace” used in the Sony attack to previous North Korean cyber-attacks. The Korean hackers leaked private corporate emails, the latest bond screenplay, and financial reform as well as threatening to attack movie theaters showing “The Interview.” No video on demand distributors or streaming services have offered to carry the film. President Obama during his year-end press conference discussed the mistake that he believe Sony made.
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