One of the most anticipated comedies of the holiday season was the James Franco and Seth Rogen vehicle The Interview, a movie in which an interview team travels to North Korea to meet with and assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Understandably, the North Korean government was expected to be offended by the film, but what the producers at Sony did not expect was the cyber attack that devastated their computer systems. The FBI has stated that the attack came from North Korea. A hacker group known as Guardians of Peace has claimed responsibility for the cyber attack, which prompted Sony to temporarily pull the film from release, and a number of people have weighed in on the subject.
- “Here, we’re talking about an actual country deciding what content we’re going to have. This affects not just movies, this affects every part of business that we have.” – George Clooney
- “Sony only delayed this. Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet.” – David Boeis
- “Technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed. For example, there were similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks.” – FBI release
- “The FBI announced today and we can confirm that North Korea engaged in this attack. I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco [Franco]. I love Seth and I love James, but the notion that that was a threat to them I think gives you some sense of the kind of regime we’re talking about here.” – Barack Obama
- “I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?” – Judd Apatow