North Korea And The Sony Pictures Attack – Yes, Maybe, No

Sony Pictures attack – whodunnit?

I don’t know – the truth is out there somewhere of course, but us mere mortals haven’t found it yet.

In the meantime we are left with speculation. And lots of it.

Between now and the big reveal (if it ever comes) you are free to opine as you will, but there are many sources which will try and sway your thinking.

Some sections of the online press have been keen to wag fingers in the direction of North Korea, justifying their viewpoint by pointing toward a Seth Rogen film –

– in which a pair of journalists are recruited by the CIA to bump off leader Kim Jong-un. Such a comedic plot apparently upset the North Koreans so much that they saw it as “an act of war” (I’m not a fan of US comedy either, and I’m not certain that a mockumentary about assassinating anyone is even humourous, but surely that is an overreaction?)

Of course North Korea then fuelled the fire somewhat by saying “wait and see” when asked if it was responsible for the attack which saw the theft of unreleased movies – including “Annie” and “Fury” (relevant or no, Kim’s father was a bit of a movie buff) – as well as the apparent swiping of executive pay details, certificates and passwords, with the possibility of more to come.

But now it seems like the nuclear power was joshing with us as VOA news today revealed that North Korea has now denied any involvement in the attack with an official saying,

“Linking the DPRK to the Sony hacking is another fabrication targeting the country. My country publicly declared that it would follow international norms banning hacking and piracy.”

So there you go – North Korea definitely did not retaliate over a movie it described as the “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism.”


So, we are still left with a mystery over who attacked Sony Pictures and why  – I’ve seen some suggestion that a spotty kid sat down in his basement and thought “I really wanna watch that upcoming Annie film before its officially released” but, Cameron Diaz aside, I cannot fathom why –  so maybe we should concentrate on the victim for now.

Assuming Sony Pictures was on top of its game in respect of security, it deserves some sympathy, especially given the disruption caused to all of its affected staff, doesn’t it?


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