We blogged about the hack of Sony pictures, apparently by North Koreans angry about “The Interview,” a comedy about an attempt to assassinate that country’s dear leader, Kim Jong-un. The organization that broke into the company’s data released vast amounts of embarrassing information online, including racially charged remarks about President Obama from chief executives, insulting information about how the studio viewed certain stars, and financial details about who makes more than who. Not to mention entire movies that can now be pirated before their release.
But then the hackers had this to say about the release of the movie on Christmas day: “The world will be full of fear. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)”
With this dirrect threat, many theater chains and distributors cancelled the showings. Whereupon Sony has killed the movie completely. [Read more...]