Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sony Hack: North Korean Government Responsible

North Korea attacked a U.S. interest.

From NBC News:

U.S. officials have concluded that the North Korean government ordered the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment — a breach that led to the studio cancelling the planned release of "The Interview" — and a U.S. official told NBC News that the country "can't let this go unanswered."

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.

An official said the U.S. is discussing what form a response could take, and couldn't detail what options the government has available.

The security breach embarrassed several high-profile Sony executives and led to the studio cancelling the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview," a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that depicts a fictional assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
What will the U.S. response to North Korea's attack be?


North Korea and the rest of the world know Obama won't do anything.

North Korea's cyberattack worked. They won.

The Interview is not being released on Christmas Day.

I don't like that the studio and theaters buckled. However, I understand why they did. If the movie opened and there was an attack, they would be sued like crazy.

Before this North Korean hack, I wonder how many people would have been aware of The Interview. You can't buy this kind of publicity. It's guaranteed to be a hit, eventually.

In the meantime, we look helpless, because in this case, we are.

I don't know why Sony chose to use a real leader, Kim Jong-un, in the film. Joking about assassinating a real person is not a good idea.

Why not at least use a fictional nation and alter the leader's name to take a bit of the edge off, albeit very slightly, like in The Great Dictator?

It's interesting that commercials promoting The Interview are still running even though the opening is cancelled.

I just saw one, December 18, 2014.

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