Sony pulls The Interview after US officials confirm North Korea's involvement in the cyberattack

By Himanshu Arora · 19 replies
Dec 18, 2014
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  1. Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the release of its upcoming film, The Interview, after reportedly confirming that the North Korean government was behind the recent hack attack that brought the company to a standstill.

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  2. Is that not losing your freedom of speech and bowing down to terrorist demands? Thought that was a no no.
    Still if they really would have bought bloodshed at Xmas seems wise.
    Maybe someone will upload it to a torrent site when Sony geniously leave a copy on another not very well protected computer.
  3. JakeT

    JakeT TS Member Posts: 74   +20

    Again, terror/rists wins!

    Where is the infamous Anonymous hacker group now? Why aren't we seeing these guys do something good and hacking into north Korean computers to get the truth? That would certainly give them some much needed credibility. We want the truth but we also understand that getting it through legal means is close to impossible so let's hack them before they hack us.
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  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    The theaters didn't decided not to show it because they were scared of being bombed, but because they didn't want anyone to worry about it and stay home. Christmas is a big day for the theaters and there are other movies coming out that same day that probably are good and the theaters didn't want anyone to skip watching other movies just because The Interview was in the same place.

    Also, this is a terrible precedent to set for terrorists around the world. I expect next Black Friday we'll have threats against Walmart etc etc. This is just a crappy movie that people probably wouldn't have seen anyway... next time it might actually matter.
    ikesmasher likes this.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +2,002

    Sad to see Sony cave in this way. If the hackers had any real power, the theater's would be attacked anyway just for the shock effect and press coverage. North Korea is usually nothing but talk; at this juncture our intelligence agencies should be given a green light for a hands off approach to use our own cyber units and reak havoc on them any way we can. We have the capabilities; holding back only affirms to them we won't use them. Teddy Roosevelt is often remembered for his famous quote "speak softly, but carry a big stick" but we need a little of the US Army's philosophy of "Find them, fix them, f*** them, then forget them" .....
  6. Remember that this isn't the US government giving in. If a company is targeted by a terrorist group, it should do whatever is in its best interest. This was a politically motivated attack, not an aim to hurt Sony's wallet. Any statement about the terrorists "winning" is wrong, since the US government is not Sony.
  7. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +63

    Plain stupid
  8. "Atrocity and terror are not political weapons, and to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate and we will no longer be afraid. It's your turn to be afraid."
  9. We want the truth???
    We can't handle the truth!!!
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    yeah, it's not like the President went behind Congress' back to release five Guantanamo bay prisoners to get back one of our POWs, thereby marking the first time in US history the Pres has given into terrorist demands.
    This was just a company (and a Japanese one at that) and it was only a movie that probably isn't any good anyway. But it's a slippery slope... when Income tax started in the US the first tax rate was 1% and look where that went....
  11. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    Prisoner exchange during war is actually very common.

    I think this is just a publicity stunt, you know what they say any publicity is good pub.
  12. Axle Greese

    Axle Greese TS Enthusiast Posts: 31

    It's not a publicity stunt. Sony is run my cowards.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +454

    We're all sick of NK.... I wish our coward of a president would just send a bunch of B2 bombers over and just bomb the crap out of all their government buildings. Just, go away NK... just go away.
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  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,556

    I said the, exact thing in another thread, albeit with the tern, "nuke" in play. I say turn Pyongyang into a combo parking lot / nuclear waste dump, and let these hackers go over and look for bodies as their, "community service", sentence.

    As far as this administration's primary objectives go, what the hell did anybody expect, other than a massive printing of money to bribe the banking, "industry", and a whole nuther crap load of money spent on more social entitlements?
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  15. I can see their point. Just imagine if in the unlikely event a theater was attacked that was showing it and 200 people died; would it have been worth it over a movie? me thinks not.
  16. Dont underestimate North Korea. Their "Fizzle" in all were probably just a smaller warhead. ( 2006 )

    If even one movie theater was attacked on US soil , and North Korea was "CONFIRMED" (woah one of our
    "enemies" go figure) then the US would have a new reason to start another war. With a Nuclear power who would have no problem using their nukes for anything their missiles could reach....(not america)
  17. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    He gave Congress 24 hours notice on that prisoner exchange when he himself signed the law that said Congress must be given 30 days notice. But you're right, that actually is getting pretty common.

    'Any news is good news' doesn't really apply anymore. It did back when the movie was still coming out because people could go see it. Now they can't, so there's no benefit to the news, good or bad. It's not a publicity stunt. A publicity stunt is when someone does something that really has no effect on anything besides getting them in the news. The Kardashians come to mind here. This is Sony still hurting from the hack, and not wanting to upset that psychotic dictator who lives a short few hundred miles across the sea of Japan.
    NK is cRAzy. Check out this documentary, it's like a different planet.
  18. Axle Greese

    Axle Greese TS Enthusiast Posts: 31

    That is the risk and responsibility of the people who choose to attend. It is not Sony's business to appease North Korea's disgustingly evil regime and its demented fellow travellers in order to protect us. It makes them feel powerful because they've won, thanks to the invertebrates running Sony.
  19. JakeT

    JakeT TS Member Posts: 74   +20

    No idea why you felt you had to post this? Everyone knows Sony is a Japanese company. No mention of the US being targeted in the article or my post.
  20. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    SONY had to do that they though best to stop their STOCKs from going down more that it has. Protect STOCKs at all cost.

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