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Sony Cancels The Release Of The Interview; Investigators Determine That Hackers Behind Sony Hack Were Working For North Korea

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UPDATE: Sources tell CNN that U.S. investigators have determined that the hackers that perpetrated the Sony hack were indeed working for North Korea.

An announcement could come as soon as Thursday, so be ready for more updates as more is revealed.

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So sad!

It looks like Sony will not be putting out The Interview at all.

After most major movie theater chains pulled the film from their schedules following the threats of terrorism made by hackers, Sony has decided to shelve the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy entirely.

[ Related: Seth Rogen & James Franco Cancel All Upcoming Public Appearances ]

In a statement, the studio said:

"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."

This news comes at the same time as revelations that North Korea may be behind the hackings after all.

According to an ABC News investigation, despite previous claims to the contrary the FBI does in fact have evidence that North Korea is involved.

It seems some of the hacking techniques are similar to those perpetrated against South Korea last year.

According to ABC's sources:

"The primary suspects are members of an elite North Korean cyber-security unit known as Bureau 121."

This connection will mean confirmation that all these hackings are indeed in retaliation for The Interview.

We could never even have imagined that all this would have resulted from a comedy film. Just awful.

[Image via Sony Pictures.]

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6 comments to “Sony Cancels The Release Of The Interview; Investigators Determine That Hackers Behind Sony Hack Were Working For North Korea”

  1. NoOne says – reply to this


    1

    Ugh thank goodness. This movie looks almost as stupid as Sasha Baron's movies and should never be seen by anyone.

  2. diyana says – reply to this


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    You'd think the company would stand their ground after everything they've already endured, but obviously they don't have the fortitude to stand up to these bullies.

    I cannot believe it has come to this…. 0-1 for the terrorists. This occurrence sets a very dangerous precedent - is every movie that some anonymous extremists dislike going to be silenced with threats from now on? What a disgrace.

    Sony should do some really groundbreaking shit and release The Interview on iTunes on Christmas or something. The movie would sell SO many copies and it would be a powerful statement about freedom of speech. The hackers didn't demand the prohibition of an online release…

    Welcome to America, the land of the free…. until an oppressive country decides otherwise.



  3. 3

    Bow down to the hackers! So lame - what can a group of hackers in North Korea really do? They used to only intimidate their own, thanks for making them more successful than ever imagined Sony (weak sauce)

  4. Kelly says – reply to this


    4

    They need to do something epic with it now so people who want to watch it can.

  5. jack says – reply to this


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    Ralph from Howard Stern said they should put it online for EVERYONE to see at a cost of 10 dollars! I think it's the perfect idea. NK should not be calling the shots here -
    but you also can't take a chance on them or on possibly copy cats. So put it online -
    and remove the ability to be controlled.

  6. @v@ says – reply to this


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    They could have dealt with their internationally misfit leaders a long time ago if they'd wanted to. Having a potential enemy in the hole can come in handy for those that deal in those circles…i.e. never let a bad situation go to waste…