(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Sony Pictures is reportedly investigating whether the massive hack that occurred last week is affiliated with hackers in North Korea due to the upcoming release of its newest film, The Interview.
The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a comedy about journalists who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un.
This film has stirred much controversy, with the country declaring “merciless retaliation” for any one who releases the film, re/code reports.
Last week the hackers, known as GOP or Guardians of Peace, took over Sony’s network, issuing a warning on all corporate systems.
“We’ve already warned you, and this is just a beginning. We continue till our request be met,” says the threat. “We’ve obtained all your Internal data including your secrets and top secrets. If you don’t obey us, we’ll release data shown below to the world. Determine what will you do till November the 24th, 11:00 PM (GMT).”
Along with the network hack, the group also leaked four unreleased films, Annie, Mr. Turner, Still Alice, and To Write Love on Her Arms, along with Fury, which is currently in theaters.
Sony issued the following statement on Tuesday: “Sony Pictures Entertainment experienced a system disruption, which we are working diligently to resolve.”