It has been a rough week for Sony Entertainment and its employees. Their servers were hacked which resulted in several unreleased movies leaking on the internet. The hack also resulted in thousands of employee social security numbers, emails and other personal data to be compromised. Emails from top executives have been leaked, leaving mud on their face and their careers in question and now theaters are receiving threats if they choose to screen Sony’s new film “The Interview.”
These threats are prompting theater owners to pull the film from being screened and Sony is giving its blessing as the threats are coming from the same group that hacked their systems. The hackers, Guardians of Peace (GOP), have claimed exclusive responsibility for the Sony hacks, email leaks and now the threats against movie theaters and moviegoers. The controversy is over the film “The Interview” in which two characters are hired to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The GOP claim the film depicts Un in a negative manner and they are prepared to teach Sony a lesson.
“The world will be full of fear,” the group said in a statement that referenced the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. “Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.”
Even if the hackers are bluffing about a terror attack on moviegoers, they have shown that they can cripple Sony — and might potentially do the same to the theater chains, said Peter Toren, a cybersecurity expert who has worked in the Department of Justice.
Toren is absolutely correct. The GOP have done a number on Sony through cyber warfare, not taking a physical threat seriously could be a grave mistake. Thankfully Sony are allowing theaters to not show the film if they so choose. What do you think about the latest Sony problems? Are the GOP serious and credible enough to carry out threats to theaters? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or in Google+, Facebook and Twitter.