Sony’s investigation into the severe hacking of their system has allegedly led to them accusing North Korea of the attack.
According to Re/Code [via Hollywood Reporter], Sony’s security team are now looking into a scenario where Guardians of the Peace, who carried out the attack, started in China but under the organization from Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.
But why would North Korea commit such a crime? Well, if they did, then it’s all Seth Rogen and James Franco’s fault. The pair are the talent behind The Interview, a comedy that centers around their attempt to assassinate North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un.
And while many moviegoers are ridiculously excited for the comedy, Kim Jong-Un hasn’t been able to see the funny side. Sony are currently working under the assumption that North Korea and Kim Jong-Un launched the attack on their servers in an attempt to damage the release of the upcoming film, which will hit cinemas in December.
Back in August, Kim Jong-Un reacted furiously when he heard about The Interview’s premise. He even went as far as to threaten the filmmakers behind the comedy as well as the U.S. government.
In The Interview, Seth Rogen and James Franco play a talk-show producer and host, respectively, who after learning that Kim Jong-Un is a huge fan of their program are able to organize an interview with the dictator. The CIA then inform the pair that they want them to assassinate Kim Jong-Un once they arrive in the country.
Representatives for the Supreme Leader declared that the film’s release would be “an act of war,” and they even sent a letter to the United Nations outlining their outrage.
“There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society. A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the U.S has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. And let us not forget who killed (President John F.) Kennedy – Americans. In fact, President Obama should be careful in case the U.S. military wants to kill him as well.”
The hack of Sony started on Monday. A group called the Guardians of the Peace left a message on the computer screens of Sony Pictures’ employees warning them that internal data that they had collected would now be spread across the world. Since then, files have appeared on Reddit and across other media websites.
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