The Federal Bureau of Investigation first time on Friday officially weighed in on the colossal computer hack suffered by Sony Pictures Entertainment that in recent days has been elevated to an issue of national security.
Hackers’ threats of launching a 9/11-style attack on cinemas has led Sony Pictures to cancel its release of The Interview, previously scheduled to open in theaters this Christmas, but some Hollywood stars are far from being on the same page as the studio.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has compelled social-media site Reddit to thwart file-sharing of stolen data - including unreleased films, executives’ private emails, and insider financial information - gleaned via a major hack of the studio in November.
The premiere of ‘The Interview’, the comedy ridiculing the North Korean leadership, has been canceled in New York, allegedly due to a 9/11-style terror threat. But US security officials say “there is no credible intelligence” of an attack at this time.
Pyongyang claims the human rights issues long associated with the communist-ruled recluse state are politically motivated, while the real issue confronting the world body should be the CIA’s harsh treatment of terror suspects.
A leaked email chain between Sony Pictures Chairwoman Amy Pascal and film producer Scott Rudin lays bare an embarrassingly racist back-and-forth that speculated on President Barack Obama’s favorite movies.
The FBI says it cannot confirm whether the computer leak that has devastated Sony Pictures Entertainment was orchestrated by North Korea, or any other entity. Meanwhile, the hackers themselves have posted more threats and confidential data.
North Korea has praised the recent mass cyberattack against Sony Pictures, calling it a "righteous deed" probably carried out by critics of a comedy depicting a fictional assassination of Kim Jong-un. The country denies any involvement in the hacking.
Pyongyang refused to kowtow when asked if it was behind a massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures, telling the world to “wait and see.” The hack came a month before Sony releases a comedy film centered on an attempted assassination of Kim Jong-un.