It seems that almost everyone from President Obama on down the line has advice for Sony Pictures about its controversial comedy “The Interview,” which the studio has pulled back from release after hackers made threats relating to the film.
Before leaving for his extended holiday vacation, Obama said that Sony’s decision to cancel the release of the Seth Rogen comedy was “a mistake.”
“We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” the president said.
As reported by The Daily Mail, just this weekend, North Korea threatened more cyberattacks against federal institutions, charging that the U.S. government was behind the movie that depicts the fictional assassination of Kim Jong Un.
Still, Sony representatives now say they will release the film, possibly online via the streaming service Crackle, which Sony owns.
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But as the accusations fly and the debate rages over “The Interview” and Sony Pictures’ reaction to threats from hackers, a far more ominous event much closer to Pyongyang is causing great concern about possible terrorism.
Via dailymail.co.uk, we learn that computer systems controlling nearly two dozen nuclear power stations in South Korea were hacked last week, just as the Sony cyberattack was dominating the U.S. headlines.
North Korea is suspected of being behind a hacking attack on computers controlling south Korean nuclear power stations, sparking fears Kim Jong Un may be planning a terror strike.
The Daily Mail report notes that the regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is believed to be using a team of computer experts known as Bureau 121 to hack into vulnerable systems in enemy nations, including the United States and South Korea.
Experts voiced alarm that the controls of the nuclear reactors could be at risk.
‘This demonstrated that, if anyone is intent with malice to infiltrate the system, it would be impossible to say with confidence that such an effort would be blocked completely,” said Suh Kune-yull of Seoul National University.
And as a post at wnd.com notes, U.S. intelligence sources say the successful hacking of movie giant Sony Pictures does increase the threat of a terror attack on the critical infrastructure of North Korea’s perceived enemies — the United States among them.
Reuters, citing defectors, reported Friday the hacking attack [on Sony] may have been a practice run for North Korea’s elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations.