Who’s to blame for the Sony hack?


Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea

Stuart Vickery, Staff Writer

This November, Sony Pictures Entertainment experienced a hack that released significant amounts of private and classified information.

The hack led to the release of private information such as planned movies, payment received by actors, and emails that contained conversations between high-level Sony employees.

The attack was executed by a group that calls itself “The Guardians of Peace” (GoP), and was in response to the planned release of Sony Pictures new movie, “The Interview.”

The GoP promised to attack theaters that screened the film.

“I think that people did consider that “The Interview” might be offensive to some but released it anyway for the publicity,” said sophomore Jordan Luke.

A member of the GoP stated in an interview, “The news with “The Interview” fully acquaints us with the crimes of Sony Pictures. Like this, their activity is contrary to our philosophy. We struggle to fight against such greed of Sony Pictures,” hinting at the groups connection with North Korea.

“The Interview,”starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is about two reporters who go to North Korea to interview and kill Kim Jong-un, played by Randall Park. The movie ends with Jong-un being violently killed.

North Korea expressed its displeasure over the movies planned release yet also denied any connection to the attack.

“I don’t think North Korea hacked Sony because they don’t have the money or capabilities,” said freshman Josh Camerino.

Despite North Korea’s denial, the Federal Bureau of Investigation blamed North Korea for the hacking Sony.

“No prolonged investigation was made. [The FBI] just needed someone to blame,” said sophomore Nathan Leyrat.

In response to the hack, sanctions were placed on several North Korean officials that will harm North Korea’s economy and prevent any more attacks.

A statement released to the public by the press secretary said “Our response to North Korea’s attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment will be proportional, and will take place at a time and in a manner of our choosing. Today’s actions are the first aspect of our response.”