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North Korean Hack of Sony Pictures Ripples On

Updated on December 17, 2014

The hack of stolen property from Sony Pictures that has been released to the Internet included five unreleased films and a ton of private financial data of the company. The films are available to watch now and the personal files of over 15,000 Sony present and past employees has been made public. The various news agencies, while they did not hack the company, is presenting the information stolen in the hack to the public. Some say, this only promotes the NK regime's threat level and violates the privacy of those violated. The news agencies state if they do not report and expose what internal documents stolen show, it is a violation of their Freedom of Speech. The stolen documents reveal some newsworthy items and a lot of personal data, like bank accounts, addresses, names, incomes and more.

North Korea's "Guardians of Peace" hacked from outside the USA, showing a dangerous capability for any American company. NK can cause more havoc via the Internet and have already threatened that a surprise is coming on, The interview, movie release. More documents will be released that embarrasses Sony Pictures. Further, any movie theater that shows the movie will be targeted somehow. Sony, which is a Japanese company, now are deciding what to do with the offending movie in Los Angeles and Tokyo. Their executives face a critical decision: do they bow to the whim of North Korea or release it? North Korea has conducted a soft terrorist attack.

Now, Sony is facing a class action lawsuit class of 15,000 employees, past and present, on the grounds that private data was not sufficiently protected and now seeking damages and a jury trial based on Sony negligence. Sony was also sued in 2011 for a similar violation and this case was just settled in August, 2014, with Sony paying undisclosed sums. The suit alleges that Sony knew it had antiquated server protection for its past and present employees and did nothing to improve it after 2011. The class members all suffer from the same losses: names, addresses, SSN, credit and debit cards, income salaries, email accounts.

While The Interview is a funny movie where the NK leader is assassinated by Seth Rogen and James Franco, North korea may have the last laugh.

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      perrya 3 years ago

      The film cost $45 million to make. It seems that the only way we will see it is when an pirated copy comes out. Sony has said that it will not release it in ANY format. Now, another film about NK has also been cancelled by another studio. So much for artistic freedom in the US, if NK can do this, other countries can also. It is a cyber terror attack. Ironically, Sony stock has jumped!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes, unprecedented development. You'll have to update your hub. Good or bad idea, it definitely is something to watch. Your title is perfect.

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      perrya 3 years ago

      Sony has decided to NOT release the movie, which I think is a bad idea.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I agree with you, perrya. NK may have the last laugh, unfortunately, but understandably. Ths whole thing is an unfortunate debacle. I don't think the subject matter is suited for comedy. Could you see any foreign country being allowed to make a comedy, in this climate of terrorism, about doing the same to the POTUS? I don't think the US would stand for it. It's just not funny to me. Thanks for the hub on this topic. Voted up and interesting.

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