Three weeks ago, Sony’s movie division faced a crippling cyber attack from a group calling themselves Guardians of Peace. The hack, which The Hollywood Reporter said could cost the studio hundreds of millions of dollars, paralysed computer systems and severely impacted studio operations.
Since the attack Sony has faced a constant flow of online revelations including, employee salaries, controversial private email conversations and film leaks. On December 16 things took a serious turn when the Guardians of Peace group warned of a 9/11 style attack if Sony goes ahead with their December 25 release of “The Interview”, a comedy starring Seth Rogan and James Franco about the attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Following the terror threat many of America’s largest theatre chains cancelled plans to screen the film and soon after Sony announced the cancellation of the film’s release.
Many people have been angered y Son’y decision to give in to the demands made by the hackers and actor George Clooney spoke out against the decision saying it should be released online.
In response to questions about possibilities of digital distribution for the film, a studio spokesperson said. “Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film.”
On December 19 the FBI officially stated that North Korea is responsible for the devastating cyber attack. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said US officials have been discussing the cyber-attack and are considering an “appropriate response”.
Many questions now remain; now that Sony has given in to the hackers’ demands, will the leaks come to an end? Was giving in the best decision? How, if at all, will the US government respond to such a devastating cyber attack by a foreign nation?
President Barack Obama responded to the threat to movie theatres during an interview with ABC News: “Well, the cyber-attack is very serious. We’re investigating, we’re taking it seriously,” said Obama. “We’ll be vigilant, if we see something that we think is serious and credible, then we’ll alert the public. But for now, my recommendation would be that people go to the movies.”
The Guardians of Peace terror threat
We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear.
Remember the 11th of September 2001.
We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)
Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
All the world will denounce the SONY.