Sony Pictures hack serving as the basis for upcoming cyber security documentary

By Shawn Knight
Jun 3, 2015
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    A film documenting the massive Sony Pictures hack late last year is in the works. It’ll examine a number of popular and alternative (conspiracy) theories according to an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter.

    As you likely know by this point, North Korea was fingered as the culprit behind the attack shortly after it was discovered on November 24. The general consensus is that North Korea pulled the stunt in protest to the studio’s film The Interview, a political comedy that focused on the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    Some cybersecurity experts, however, aren’t buying that explanation and believe it was an inside job. As the publication notes, the hackers exhibited intimate knowledge of Sony’s servers while simultaneously pulling off a refined media campaign that seemed unlikely to come from such an isolated country.

    The film will be directed and produced by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, respectively, the couple responsible for 2013’s Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary The Square.

    As luck would have it, Noujaim and Amer were working on a broader documentary about international cyber attacks at the time the Sony hack was unfolding. It was at that point that they decided to use this breach as an entry point into the overall topic.

    Amer told THR that the Sony story is an important chapter in this larger issue, adding that the analysts and experts they’ve spoken to view this as the 9/11 of cyber attacks. Its implications will be felt for years to come, Amer concluded.

    No word yet on when the unnamed film will be complete.

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