The HinduTROJAN HORSE: “Security experts have woken up to the possibility that the hacking of Sony could have been an inside job.” Picture shows James Franco and Seth Rogen in a still from ‘The Interview’. Photo: Special Arrangement
With reports that hackers had demanded money, the possibility of North Korea really being responsible for the hack of Sony Pictures seems increasingly preposterous
Who would have thought that a silly comedy with yet another outrageously ridiculous plot from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg — the makers of “Superbad” (about two high schoolers trying to score alcohol), “Pineapple Express” (about two stoners on the run with a stash of weed) and “This Is the End” (about coked-up Hollywood stars going to heaven after the world ends and dancing with the Backstreet Boys) — could instigate a war of words between two countries?
“The Interview” is about, well, two ecstasy-popping TV journalists this time, who are sent to assassinate the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Last weekend, U.S. President Barack Obama officially imposed more sanctions on North Korea — sanctions that affect its intelligence agency, its main arms dealer and its military defence technology, including ten individuals associated with these operations — as the first instalment of retaliation for cyber attacks (allegedly been triggered by Sony’s decision to release “The Interview”) that are yet to be proven. This prompted North Korea to officially deny once again its role.
Threats and release
To recap, hackers identifying themselves as Guardians of Peace leaked some confidential and sensitive emails and also left a prankish message threatening more attacks, including some on the ground, if Sony released “The Interview.” They objected to its plot.
Cinema halls, because of the threats, refused to exhibit the film which has been directed by Rogen and Goldberg. Sony Pictures then decided to put the Christmas release on hold, only to be frowned upon by President Obama. After public pressure to not bow down to blackmailers mounted on Sony, it decided to go ahead with the release as planned (at a much smaller scale though) and opted to use the very medium that caused the problem: the Internet.
A lot of Americans went to watch “The Interview” to defy the North Korean threat, as a sign of their patriotism for the country that stood for liberty. Thousands of jingoistic Americans took to IMDB (Internet Movie Database) and rated the film 10 on 10 without even watching it, and doing so well before the scheduled release date.
“The film inadvertently showed us the potential of the Internet in fighting censorship”
But let’s rewind a little to examine the facts.