Sony Pictures will soon release a comedy about two reporters who are enlisted to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. The movie, entitled The Interview, combines fiction with non-fiction, bringing the venerated “dear leader” of the notoriously touchy Communist country into a silly comedy plot. But North Korea is outraged and breathing threats.
So apparently North Koreans hacked into Sony’s computer system, deleting files, stealing personal information about its employees, and downloading unreleased movies and making them available on the internet.
Notice how our inter-connected global technology doesn’t just spread the Western ideal of freedom. It can also be used to attack freedom, to the point of authoritarian governments punishing people who aren’t even citizens of their country. [Read more…]