Sunday, December 21, 2014

POPCORN TIME: Anonymous Threatens Hacks Against Sony If They Don't Release 'The Interview'

The hacker group, Anonymous, is threatening Sony if the don't release the movie, "The Interview," which Sony cancelled the release of as a result of threats by unknown hackers.

It's clear Anonymous does not believe the original hacker attack, as alleged by the FBI and President Obama, was the work of North Korea.

In their communique,  Anonymous writes:
Dear Mr. Michael Lynton (CEO of Sony Entertainment),

We shall first-off begin this message with an expression of sympathy as you have failed to release "The Interview" as you believe that hackers shall carry out a new operation to cause malicious damage within your organisation.

I would like to inform you that we all know the hacks didn't come from North Korea (we think everybody knows about this already).
They go on to threaten Sony:
 We know that Mr. Paulo Coelho has offered Sony Entertainment a sum of $100,000 for the rights of the movie; where he shall then be able to upload the movie onto BitTorrent.

Obviously, you shall not be responding to his generous offer - so please respond to ours with a public conference, we wish to offer you a deal...

Release "The Interview" as planned, or we shall carry out as many hacks as we are capable of to both Sony Entertainment, and yourself.

Obviously, this document was only created by a group of 25 - 30 Anons, but there are more of us on the internet than you can possibly imagine.

We are Anonymous,
We are Legion,
We do not forgive,
We do not forget,
Expect us.
The only solution to these kinds of attacks will be private sector solutions that may include internal internet communications that bypass the world-wise web. There is no chance that Obama and the rest of the government is going to solve this problem, anymore then they have solved, Iraq, Afghanistan or the drug "war." Government solutions are a myth.

Indeed, in this case, for whatever reason, confusion or a secret agenda, the government may be identifying an alleged culprit, North Korea, that had nothing to do with the hack.

The Daily Beast reports:
According to a statement issued by the FBI on December 19, which was then echoed by President Obama during his year-end press conference, “the North Korean government is responsible” for hacking Sony’s servers...

While the FBI, President Obama, and George Clooney seem thoroughly convinced that the Guardians of Peace are the work of Pyongyang—the name “Guardians of Peace” comes from a quote used by former President Richard Nixon describing South Korea—many hackers online have questioned the allocation of blame from Day One, including former Lulzsec hacker turned government information Sabu, who maintains they “don’t have the technical capabilities,”...

Some of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts have also questioned whether North Korea is responsible for hacking Sony, claiming a decided lack of evidence or that it came from a group posing as North Korea as misdirection, such as Brett Thomas, chief technology officer of Redwood City, California-based online services company Vindicia:

President Obama, meanwhile, seems quite adamant in believing the narrative that North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, were so offended by the satire The Interview, a Seth Rogen and James Franco flick which portrays the Dear Leader being assassinated, that they launched a cyber-attack on Sony as retribution, and threatened a “proportional” response by the U.S.


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