View Full Version : ​The Sony Hacks Are Goddamn Terrifying

12-10-2014, 02:58 PM
North Korea behind Sony hacking, says FBI
WASHINGTON— The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the North Korean government of being responsible for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, providing the most detailed accounting to date of a hugely expensive break-in that could lead to a U.S. response.

The FBI said in a statement it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the punishing breach, which resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of leaked emails and other materials.

“North Korea's actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves. Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior,” the statement said.

The FBI's case cited, among other factors, technical similarities between the Sony break-in and past “malicious cyber activity” linked directly to North Korea.

Obama administration officials had previously declined to openly blame North Korea but said they were weighing various options for a response. The statement Friday did not reveal what options were being considered. President Barack Obama is expected to face questions about the Sony hack at a year-end news conference with reporters later Friday.


The break-in escalated to terrorist threats that prompted Sony to cancel the Christmas release of the movie The Interview. The comedy is about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.


As more and more details from the Sony Pictures hack seep out into the internet, it's been easy—and to be honest a little fun—to take the voyeur's view. Dumb corporate powerpoints! Passwords in a folder literally called Password! Paul Blart 2 anything! But then you actually look at the full scope of what's out there and holy shit.

Most of the headlines surrounding the Sony documents and emails and slides and scripts have focused on the company itself, or celebrities. Nobody likes Adam Sandler, Tom Hanks calls himself Johnny Madrid at hotels. It's bad, but will be weathered. Tom Hanks can call himself something else tomorrow; Adam Sandler will always have Billy Madison. If that were all that had been exposed, it would be enough to make this one of the worst corporate hacks in history.

But the real reason the Sony hack should keep you up at night isn't because some marketing exec's presentation made you giggle. It isn't because the hackers wanted to kill a Seth Rogen movie. The scariest part of what happened is the collateral damage, the Sony civilians whose entire digital lives have been exposed to the world.

The most painful stuff in the Sony cache is a doctor shopping for Ritalin. It's an email about trying to get pregnant. It's shit-talking coworkers behind their backs, and people's credit card log-ins. It's literally thousands of Social Security numbers laid bare. It's even the harmless, mundane, trivial stuff that makes up any day's email load that suddenly feels ugly and raw out in the open, a digital Babadook brought to life by a scorched earth cyberattack.

These are people who did nothing wrong. They didn't click on phishing links, or use dumb passwords (or even if they did, they didn't cause this). They just showed up. They sent the same banal workplace emails you send every day, some personal, some not, some thoughtful, some dumb. Even if they didn't have the expectation of full privacy, at most they may have assumed that an IT creeper might flip through their inbox, or that it was being crunched in an NSA server somewhere. For better or worse, we've become inured to small, anonymous violations. What happened to Sony Pictures employees, though, is public. And it is total.

You may assume you'd be fine in the same scenario, that you have nothing to hide, that you wouldn't mind. But just take a look through your Sent folder's last month. Last week. Yesterday. There's something in there you wouldn't want the world to see. There's some conversation that would be misread without context, or read correctly for its cloddishness. Our inboxes are increasingly our id, a water cooler with infinitely expandable memory.

If there's any positive outcome from all of this, it's the brute-force reminder that we're all vulnerable in ways we don't even realize. The best we can do—the deeply imperfect solution we're left with—is to be aware of what we say at all times. To assume no private moments, at least not on any screen. Information doesn't have to be incriminating to be embarrassing; it doesn't need intent to be cruel.


Drunken Savior
12-10-2014, 09:23 PM
Nobody likes Adam Sandler


12-11-2014, 09:12 AM
Why is that terrifying? Other than for shits and giggles nobody cares about those work emails, and we already live in an age where privacy has basically become a non-issue. If you don't want people to know, don't make a record. And be careful with your words. The dumbest thing people can do however is keep scanned copies of official documents on public(or even private) servers. I wouldn't send a copy of my drivers license/passport or whatever over email in a million years. Creditcard fraud is a pain but that money is mostly insured.

Like those PSN hacks this is a fucking annoyance for Sony, but I think it should also make people reflect with what they want to share with the world. And that nothing you ever disclose through digital means is ever private.

12-13-2014, 08:27 AM
I actually thought it was quite funny. The emails between the Sony people taking the pee out of Angelina Jolie for example. The Sony hack from a few years ago were worse IMO then this.

Drunken Savior
12-13-2014, 09:17 AM
Didn't some health insurance data get compromised as well?

12-17-2014, 05:36 PM
Also a metric fuck-ton of SS #'s

12-18-2014, 02:54 PM
The hacker won. :(

Sony Pictures has cancelled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of The Interview, saying it made the decision after most exhibitors slated to screen the film decided not to in the wake of threats to attack theatres.

In a statement, Sony Pictures said it was disappointed, but respected the decision not to screen the movie and "share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theatre-goers."

U.S. official says North Korea linked to Sony hack
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There had been some speculation that Sony might offer the film for in-home viewing, but a Reuters report quoted a Sony spokeswoman as saying the studio has "no further plans for the film" in response to a question about whether a postponed theatrical release or a video-on demand release might be in the offing.

U.S. theatres weren't the only ones to react — all 17 Rainbow and Magic Lantern Theatres in Toronto cancelled screenings of The Interview during the Christmas holidays, after hackers behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment threatened moviegoers with Sept. 11-style attacks.

A spokesperson told CBC News's Ioanna Roumeliotis the cinemas aren't sure whether the decision will be reversed.

The Cineplex website in Canada currently shows no dates for the film.

The Interview screenings cancelled at some theatres after hackers threaten 9/11-style attacks

"After careful consideration of this unprecedented and complex situation, Cineplex Entertainment will postpone presentation of the Sony Pictures movie, The Interview," Par Marshall, Cineplex's VP of communications and investor relations, told CBC News.

"Cineplex takes seriously its commitment to the freedom of artistic expression, but we want to reassure our guests and staff that their safety and security is our No. 1 priority. We look forward to a time when this situation is resolved and those responsible are apprehended."

Variety reports that Regal Cinemas, Cinemark and AMC Entertainment have also dropped their premieres, which along with Cineplex represents four out of five of the top chains in the U.S.

Reuters reported Wednesday evening that it had obtained a memo released by the FBI earlier this week to theatres and other businesses with connections to the film. In the memo, the FBI said "anyone associated with the production, distribution and promotion" of the film "could possibly become the target of cyberattacks."
Shadowy group

The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace escalated their attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Even as it announced the cancelling of the theatrical release, the film studio decried the recent hack that revealed reams of information, including emails.

The hackers "sought to destroy our spirit and morale — all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like," the Sony statement said. The company said it stands by its filmmakers "and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

The FBI has been looking into the hacking, and several U.S. media outlets cited anonymous sources as saying investigators are prepared to link North Korea to the Sony hack.

A representative for the film's directors, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press on Wednesday, and neither had posted any reaction to Sony's decision on Twitter.