Sony Succumbs to Hackers’ Demand, Won’t Release ‘The Interview’

The Interview

The Interview

In order to avoid more damage from hacking, Sony has reportedly decided to cancel the release of its film ‘The Interview’.

By Rakesh Raman

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has decided to yield under the demand from “Guardians of Peace” or #GOP, a group of hackers who had directed Sony not to release its upcoming movie ‘The Interview’ which was scheduled for release on Dec. 25.

As the action comedy ‘The Interview’ starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, shows a CIA-led conspiracy to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, the hackers – who are believed to be working at the behest of Pyongyang – had unleashed a series of cyber attacks on Sony’s computer systems.

During the past few weeks of repeated attacks, the “Guardians of Peace” had stolen a large volume of data from Sony’s systems. It includes some of Sony’s new movies such as Fury, Annie, Mr. Turner, Still Alice, personal e-mails among Sony executives, and even a part of the script of the James Bond film Spectre, which is scheduled for release next year.

On Sunday, Sony’s lawyer, David Boies, had even sent a letter to different media organizations asking them not to use the leaked information for producing any editorial content, though media organizations continued to publish stories on Sony hacking case.

In order to avoid more damage from hacking, Sony has reportedly decided to cancel the release of ‘The Interview’.

The hackers also had threatened to deliver a “Christmas gift” to Sony, saying it will put Sony into the worst state. That means, they had planned to release more classified information obtained from Sony computers.

But now as Sony has accepted their demand of keeping ‘The Interview’ on hold, it is not yet clear if the hacking drama is over or it will continue.

By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company

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