Is Sony Under Attack from North Korean Hackers?

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[dropcap size=small]R[/dropcap]ecently, there was a massive breach in Sony’s computer systems which caused a picture of a skeleton and a ransom note to show up on all internal

A poster from Sony's 'The Interview' staring James Franco and Seth Rogen
A poster from Sony’s ‘The Interview’ staring James Franco and Seth Rogen

machines. This was followed by the release of ‘Fury’ and ‘Annie’ in their entirety online. The group that claimed responsibility, ‘Guardians of the Peace’ (GOP), said they have more Sony secrets to unveil to the world including top-secret documents relating to Sony purchasing syndication rights for shows like Seinfeld.

Since the security breach a total of 5 films have been released to the internet: Fury, Annie, Mr. Turner, Still Alice, and To Write Love On Her Arms. Fury has been downloaded a reported 1.2 million times while Annie has only received 20,000 downloads (I feel like there’s a joke to be made here, but I’ll leave it alone). There have been reports the hack was an inside job, but there have also been links made between the timing of the attack and threats from North Korea over Sony’s production and Christmas Day release date for The Interview about two news reporters assassinating Kim Jong Un.

Only time will tell how this story plays out, Sony is treating the security breach and subsequent release of its movies as a criminal act and authorities are investigating as such.

 

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