Nth Korea and hackers 1 – Sony 0

Sony has cancelled the release of a satirical film about a fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after threats from hackers.

Sony has confirmed it has no plans to release the satirical film The Interview internationally, in any form, following threats from hackers.

Cinemas in the US cancelled screenings of the film, about a plot to kill North Korea’s leader, prompting Sony to shelve it altogether.

But there has been dismay in Hollywood, with Ben Stiller calling the move “a threat to freedom of expression”. . .

Several other famous names have criticised the decision to shelve the movie, accusing the studio of caving in to the hackers’ threats.

Oscar-wining screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who has already attacked the media for spreading information leaked by the hackers, said: “Today the US succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished, bedrock principle of free speech.”

Actor Steve Carell called the move a “sad day for creative expression”. . . .

It is.

But given the damage the hackers have already done to the company, their threats to destroy it and to the safety of movie-goers I understand why Sony did it.

And Sorkin is right. The media aided the hackers by publishing what they’d leaked.

That happened here too with Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics and the media reports on the hacked emails.

Some of what was published might have been in the public interest but some was private correspondence which was not.

All of it was stolen.

Now that the hackers have succeeded here and there, others will be encouraged to follow suit.

We all need to understand that regardless of the protection we think we have for our computers, anything on them could be hacked and become public.


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