A CYBER ATTACK ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Sony Pictures paid a heavy price when online hackers released private emails, script details, pay rosters and unreleased movies after a massive cyber attack.
The hackers, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace, reportedly breached Sony defences in response to Sony's Christmas release, The Interview, which features a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Some embarrassing revelations include film executives making racist comments about President Barack Obama's taste in movies, derogatory remarks about the acting talents of stars like Angelina Jolie and the inflated paycheck of British Princess Beatrice who was working as a lowly intern. The FBI blamed North Korea for the attack (which the military state has denied, even offering to work with the US to catch the culprits responsible).
However, after the emergence of threats against movie-goers if this film were to be screened, Sony pulled The Interview from the theatres only to reinstate it back for the original release data. Obama criticised the cancellation, saying that “we cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship” and later praised the move to release it.