A CY­BER ATTACK ON FREE­DOM OF SPEECH

Qatar Today - - DEVELOPMENT -

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.

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