It appears that today will be yet another circus with regards to The Interview and the cyber-terrorists behind its non-release. Despite a new promo spot popping up online last night that proclaimed “In Franco and Rogen We Trust”, Sony removed all clips and the aforementioned video from the internet while also scrapping the film’s worldwide release. Now a couple of new developments have arisen, chiefly: the FBI has officially named North Korea as the culprits behind the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures. Moreover, a new message has arrived from the “anonymous” terrorists calling Sony “wise” not to release The Interview and demanding that the film not show up online or on DVD. More after the jump.
The FBI released a statement today, per USA Today, saying North Korea is behind this truly upsetting cyber attack:
“As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,” a FBI statement said.
The statement makes no mention of The Interview or the specific demands regarding the film’s release, and I’m sure everyone’s scrambling to figure out what to do next. Truly, this is the most devastating cyber attack in our country’s history.
As if things couldn’t possibly get any worse, the hackers reportedly sent a message last night (via CNN) claiming that the attack is “over”—as long as The Interview never sees the light of day:
“Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy.”
This whole situation is extremely upsetting and depressing. We’re in new territory here with regards to the scale and impact of cyber terrorism, but to think that a studio-made, large-scale, U.S. film might not see the light of day because another country doesn’t like it is devastating.