Who says you can’t get what you want? Obviously North Korea was successful this time!

But lets be fair here…they really did it because the four largest theater chains in the United States said they would not show the movie that has been at the center of a devastating hacking attack on Sony over the last several weeks. In a statement, Sony said: “We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theatergoers.”

A screenshot of the Sony website - the image of the movie is gone and nary a word about the incident.
A screenshot of the Sony website – the image of the movie is gone and nary a word about the incident (except the message to employees).

By the way,  you can’t find that release or any reference to it anywhere on the Sony Pictures website. In fact, expect for the banner across the top of the site, there is no mention of the attack anywhere – not even in the press release section. I guess the theory Sony is going by is out of site out of mind. Well of course, except for the large banner across the top of the site warning current and past employees of the breach and loss of personal information. Not the best communication strategy I would say.

On Wednesday, US intelligence directly linked the Sony hacking to the North Korean government – the question is now what happens? A Sony spokesman said the studio “has no further release plans” for the $44 million comedy.

On Tuesday, threats delivered in rambling emails were directed against theaters scheduled to show “The Interview” were sent to various news outlets. The threat read in part, “Remember the 11th of September 2001.” The emails aimed the threat at “the very times and places” at which “The Interview” was to play in its early showings. Once violence was threated, the game was over and North Korea clearly won.

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Hackers claim to have taken at least 100 terabytes of Sony data. Sony computer systems were damaged and the studio is already the focus of at least two lawsuits from former employees who had their personal information spread online. The studio is insured against at least some of its losses. To see the letter they posted to employees click on this link SPE_Cyber_Notification

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/business/sony-the-interview-threats.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C{%221%22%3A%22RI%3A9%22}&_r=0

http://www.sonypictures.com/corp/press.html