Sony Entertainment Hacked Over Controversial Film

Posted on January 27, 2015 by


Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked on 24 November 2014. This hack caused the release of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s employees’ private information. The group of hackers also made copies of unreleased movies.
The hackers call themselves “Guardians of Peace” or “GOP.” They demanded the cancellation of the film, The Interview.

This movie stars Seth Rogen and James Franco. In the film, they are sent on a secret mission to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It is unclear as to whether the hack was sponsored by North Korea, although the U.S. government does allege as much.

“I still think that North Korea did it or they are behind it. It’s weird that one of the biggest motion picture companies ever doesn’t have better protection for their employees,” sophomore Logan Carbaugh said.

It is said that GOP has been planning and executing this operation for over a year before its discovery. The hackers planted a malware software program called Wiper, which is designed to delete all data from whichever server it’s attached to. Not only were several employees’ computers unable to be used, but many Sony Twitter accounts were taken over.

North Korea has expressed their opinions about the movie to the UN (United Nations). Their statement was as follows: “To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state, should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war.”

“That’s a pretty drastic threat over a movie,” Carbaugh said.

On 8 December 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment sent an e-mail to all its employees saying that over 47,000 social security numbers had been released. As a result of this, employees have filed multiple lawsuits against Sony for not protecting their data and social security numbers properly.

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