Now that we officially know that North Korea was behind the cyber attacks that have allowed Gawker access to a treasure trove of mockable Sony corporate emails and other materials you’d think that Sony would maybe want to get Korea back by releasing The Interview in as many theaters as possible. But after threats to a theater opening the film in NYC (which authorities say were bogus) they’re apparently they’re afraid, very afraid. Per Reuters:
Sony Pictures has canceled the release of a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea’s leader, in what appears to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang and its abilities to wage cyber-warfare.
Hackers who said they were incensed by the film attacked Sony Corp. (6758.T) last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines and distributing unreleased films on the Internet.
Washington may soon officially announce that the North Korean government was behind the attack, a U.S. government source said.
The movie cost $44 million to make and they’re just dumping it altogether. Now everyone thinks Sony is a bunch of wimps, adding to an already dreadful PR year for the company.
And it goes on like that. America, it seems, universally condemns Sony for canceling the film’s release even if most of them didn’t plan on going to see it.
Sony, I’ve read many of your leaked emails and you seem to have a penchant for hiring loud people who consistently make poor decisions. I can do this. Call me.