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Sony withdrawal of ‘The Interview’ irks both hackers, film buffs

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 01:34

Hackers, moviegoers react to Sony's decision to cancel the release of the movie ''The Interview''. Julie Noce reports.

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Sony Picture's decision to cancel the release of the North Korean comedy "The Interview" is drawing anger from hackers and moviegoers alike. The film - a comedy about assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un- was canceled after hackers threatened a 9/11 type attack on theaters showing the movie. In New York, people cautioned against over sensitivity. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEMETRIUS FRAZIER, MANAGER GOLF CHANNEL, SAYING: "...so you put out your money to production and things like that. I mean, I think they should have went forward with it. People should not get too sensitive. It's entertainment." (SOUNDBITE) (English) HAROLD BOOKER, CONSULTANT, SAYING: "I don't think North Korea has that much control over Hollywood. I think just that right now people really don't want controversy. It's not good for business so they pulled it. " While the White House has indicated it may soon announced North Korea's role in the hacking, security experts question whether the rogue nation is even capable of such a major security breech. Kevin Mitnick, a convicted computer hacker turned security consultant told Reuters North Korea might not even be involved. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KEVIN MITNICK, COMPUTER HACKER AND CEO OF MITNICKSECURITY.COM, SAYING: "There's two reasons why people suspect an insider in the Sony case. One is the amount of data that was stolen from the company was a hundred tera-bytes. That's like taking the entire Library of Congress, multiplying it by ten, and transferring that data. So the bad guys here had to have a lot of time to move that data outside of Sony." The $44 million movie was planned for release in theatres on December 25th but at this point, Sony has scrapped all plans for future releases.

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Sony withdrawal of ‘The Interview’ irks both hackers, film buffs

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 01:34