The infamous hacker collective Anonymous has announced that they’ll be responding to North Korea for the Sony hack. The hackers known as #GOP, or Guardians of Peace, who are believed to be a North Korean group, have been compared to Anonymous, and Anon has expressed agreement with them on some matters. However, now that Sony has pulled The Interview from theaters in response to the hacking and threats, Anon has turned their eyes on North Korea in a less agreeable light.
Thursday evening into Friday morning, one of Anonymous’ many Twitter accounts offered responses to the Sony hack, and the decision to pull the movie, hinting that Anonymous would be offering the movie to the world themselves.
Anonymous then touched on the bigger picture: allowing another country’s dictator (or those who support him) to make decisions about free speech in America doesn’t set a great precedent. They’re not alone in saying this. According to CNBC, Obama called Sony’s reaction to the hack a mistake on Friday. Much of Hollywood has made similar statements, saying that North Korea shouldn’t decide what’s shown in American theaters, and that Sony is giving in to terrorism.
Anon then went on to promise the movie to the world for Christmas (and to clarify their position on the Sony hack).
Several theaters had discussed showing Team America, which also includes a less-than-favorable portrayal of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, in place of The Interview, but according to NPR, Paramount Pictures nixed that too. Anonymous cited this as part of a pattern, suggesting that it might go further still.
All of this led up to the final statement: Anonymous would respond to the Sony hack and to North Korea.
Anonymous hasn’t stated explicitly what it aims to do to North Korea over the Sony hack, but past efforts from the hacker collective suggest that Kim Jong Un might find official computer systems nonfunctional in days to come.