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Was Pulling The Interview From Theaters After Hacker Threats The Right Call? This Cyber Security Expert Calls It 'Mind-Boggling!'

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Sony has made an unprecedented move in canceling the release of The Interview.

Many are attacking the decision as a loss of ground in the war for free speech.

[ Related: Should Theaters Have Canceled The Release Of The Interview? Vote HERE! ]

We have to agree that giving in to the demands of terrorists sets a very dangerous precedent. Will our movies always have to meet the approved guidelines of those who would threaten violence?

Moreover, does this move make us even LESS safe??

Cyber security expert Peter W. Singer, author of ​Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, believes that giving in to the threats was the worst decision possible.

Speaking to Vice, he said:

"This is not just now a case study in how not to react to cyber threats and a case study in how to not defend your networks, it's now also a case study in how not to respond to terrorism threats.

We have just communicated to any would-be attacker that we will do whatever they want.

It is mind-boggling to me, particularly when you compare it to real things that have actually happened. Someone killed 12 people and shot another 70 people at the opening night of Batman: The Dark Knight [Rises]. They kept that movie in the theaters. You issue an anonymous cyber threat that you do not have the capability to carry out? We pulled a movie from 18,000 theaters."

That's a controversial comparison; the tragic shooting in Aurora was by a lone madman.

Then again, threatening innocent lives over a movie is pretty deranged in our book as well.

And the thought that this sort of thing will now continue is the scariest of all. What do U think about Mr. Singer's statements??

[Image via Sony Pictures.]

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5 comments to “Was Pulling The Interview From Theaters After Hacker Threats The Right Call? This Cyber Security Expert Calls It 'Mind-Boggling!'”

  1. ms trudy says – reply to this


    I would not have pulled it. Perhaps he has people who are capable of hacking on a grand scale but I don't really think he has suicide bomber type followers. Nor do I think he has the ability to do anything nuclear from his country. lots of grand standing. he needs to be taken out, he's insane.

  2. Mitanni says – reply to this


    Absolutely ! Moviegoers should not have their lives played with by studios. So far it is a cyber attack with no lives lost. It is a very specific national security threat and it was best for movie fans to be safe- this comedy-in-bad-taste is not to die for. Period. If the movies stars choose to put their lives on the line for their "art" that is their choice but as it stands they have hired bodyguards.

  3. 3

    Don't agree with their decision but they really had no choice as almost all of their distributors (AMC, Regal, etc.) were refusing to show the movie.

  4. MichJB says – reply to this


    Re: Mitanni – The douche twins, Rogan and Fraco take the threat serious enough to hire extra bodyguards, but expect fans to risk their safety (improbable as it is) to watch two hours of crap. Its easy to be indignant when hiding behind your security team. With all that is going on in the world, this is the most overblown, overhyped nothing event I've ever sen. Hollywood whiners.

  5. Mitanni says – reply to this


    Re: MichJB – This is a Hollywood problem. It's called the World Wide Web for a reason so make sure you are hack-secure. U insulted a countries leader and as a result u got hacked…that's it…fix your hacking vulnerabilities and stop dragging freedom of speech and art into it. The movie is sensationalist garbage- not art. Perhaps a visit to Syria would put an embarrassing hack into context.The studios can't be arrogant and egocentric enough to risk the lives of moviegoers/force National/political/intervention.