OMG! Sony Pictures threatened with the big Christmas gift from hackers. Read the complete story here!
What’s the actual threat?
Have you heard? The Sony hackers have apparently threatened a massive attack quite similar to the devastating 9/11 attack on movie theaters that are going to screen James Franco and Seth Rogen starrer North Korean comedy “The Interview,” mainly swelling the stakes near the release of the movie.
Also, the attackers have planned a clandestine “Christmas gift” with certain surreptitious files. As per the conjectures, the contents of the files are not known but the file is termed as “Michael Lynton,” who is apparently the Chief Executive Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
What could be the related premise?
There have been past messages that have incorporated the information pertaining to salaries of top executives, budgets to Sony films, and employee social security numbers and medical records.
Though not confirmed, but still there are suspicions that North Korea might have launched the attack in order to retaliate the movie’s i.e. “The Interview’s” depiction of an attempt of assassination on Kim Jong-un. Interestingly, North Korea has itself admired the attacks, but also has denied the participation.
Moreover, the note threatens people or spectators who are going to attend the premiere of the movie. As per several reports, a New York premiere for the movie, which is scheduled to happen on 18th December, 2014, has already been cancelled because of the threats. Alternatively, there was a special screening of the movie that took place last week in Los Angeles without any problems.
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What is Sony’s stand on the potential attack?
15th December, 2014, Sony Pictures called for a town hall-style gathering to discuss the issue at hand. The organization apparently reassured its staff that the potentially colossal cyber-attack is not going to devastate the Hollywood studio. This was of course proclaimed by the company after a day hackers threatened with a huge “Christmas gift.”
The entire staff was called in Los Angeles to listen to the way the corporation is planning to handle the ongoing cyber-attack. The CEO of the company, Michael Lynton proclaimed that the company will not be brought down by the threats of the attack, and also he urged the staff members not to worry about the future of the studio.
The meeting also saw the presence of Sony’s co-chairwomen, Amy Pascal, who expressed regret again for a few of her leaked email comments. As per the reports, those email comments comprised certain racially oblivious remarks that were made by Pascal about President Barack Obama. For that, she had of course already said sorry publicly.
What is being done by FBI?
FBI or the Federal Bureau of Investigation is apparently probing the leaks and the hack. And, regarding the same, they met the staff of Sony last week. According to numerous sources, a spokesperson told the latest Christmas vow came after a leaks related to the confidential information on Sony salaries, unpublished scripts, employee health records, email exchanges about film stars, and movie makers, which were published by several websites including gawker.com.
News Source: news.google.coom