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The Interview, The Sony Hack, and So On...
« on: December 19, 2014, 02:20:39 PM »

I've been bookmarking interesting articles about the Sony hack since it was first announced, but there has been an explosion of interesting articles and comments over the past couple of days since post-hack threats of violence were made, resulting in theaters getting cold feet after Sony offered them the option of not showing the film. That explosion happily coincided with me having more free time, so I can now begin the repetitive and rather mindless task of posting all those links. And no, I don't have OCD; I just love long lists. Who doesn't?

Again, I'm more comfortable tackling lesser-known groups as I feel that's where my little niche lies, but this is another Korean cult-related event (even if NK wasn't behind the hack) that not only has the attention of the world but also connects with my other passion in life: film music. It's not often I see composers I admire posting about a Korean cult on Facebook^. Plus, this has all the Hollywood stars talking, and when they talk, it's news.

First up, a summary of key events from Nov. 24 to late December: A Breakdown & Analysis of the Sony Hack

And now the promised list of articles in chronological order with no regard whatsoever to the international dateline because that would just complicate things. This is a story you can follow just from the headlines if you're a lazy reader. To be honest, that's kind of what I'm doing:

June 20, 2011: NK Recruits Hackers @School (Aljazeera)

June 20, 2014: NK Rubbishes The Interview, but Jong-un May Watch It (The Guardian)
June 25: NK Calls New Seth Rogen Film Act of War (CBC News)
NK Threatens Merciless Response Over Seth Rogen Film (The Guardian)
June 26: NK Threatens Revenge Over Kim Assassination Film (The Chosun Ilbo)
June 28: No, NK Did NOT Threaten War Over Seth Rogen Movie (The Diplomat)

July 10: NK Complains to UN Over Hollywood Movie (The Chosun Ilbo)
July 17: NK Takes Complaint About Assassination Movie to White House (The Wall St. Journal)

October 9: NK Denounces The Interview Over its Kim Jong-un Assassination Plot (ABC Australia)

November 24: Sony Pictures Targeted by Apparent Hack Attack to Corporate Systems (Variety)
Sony Pictures Hacked (The Hacker News)
November 28: The Interview Won't Be Screened in SK (The Korea Times)

December 1: The Interview Wonít Be Screened in SK (The Wall St. Journal)
Sony Pictures Hacked Ahead of Kim Jong-un Film Launch (The Chosun Ilbo)
December 5: Sonypocalypse: Why the Sony Hack is One of the Worst Hacks Ever (CNN)
Sony Pictures Hack: Passwords Saved in Folder Called 'Password' (Digital Spy) lol
December 6: US Movie about Killing NK Leader Likely Blockbuster (Yonhap news)
December 7: Unprecedented Sony Hack Stirs Concern over NK Cyberwarfare​ (PBS Newshour)
December 8: Sony Cyberattack Well-Orchestrated (Joongang Daily)
December 9: Sony Execs Debated Risk of The Interview Before Hack (The Hollywood Reporter)
The 7 Most Outrageous Things We Learned From the Sony Hack (Time)

December 22, 2014, 10:00:30 PM
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2014, 10:00:30 PM »
December 10: Nat. Security Expert: Why NK Should Be Held Responsible for Sony Hack (The Hollywood Reporter)
The Interview Won't Be Released in Asia (The Hollywood Reporter)
December 13: Sony Exec. Amy Pascalís Future in Doubt Following Disastrous Email Hack (The Sydney Morning Herald)
December 16: Sony Hackers to Moviegoers: Remember 9/11 (MSN)

Wednesday, December 17: NATO Says Theaters May Delay The Interview Release (The Wrap) (NATO^)
NY Cinema Cancels The Interview Premier after Hackers' Threat (CNN)
Sony Cancels The Interview as US Links Hack to NK (CNet)
Sony Cancels The Interview Release: Hollywood Reacts (The Hollywood Reporter)
Activists to Drop The Interview in NK Via Balloons (I Am KoreAm)
If a Film Being Cancelled is an Outrage, ... (The Independent)
Reddit Takes Down Sony Hack Forum (CNN)
The Sony Hackers Won: The Interview Just Disappeared from America's Biggest Theater Chains (The Verge)
State Dept. OK'd The Interview(CNet)
Steve Carell's NK Thriller Dropped After Sony Hack (The Hollywood Reporter)

December 18: Hollywood Cowardice: George Clooney Explains Why Sony Stood Alone In NK Cyberattack (Deadline)
Toronto Says Fvck It: Will Show The Interview Anyways (Narcity)
NK: Not Funny (The Atlantic)
Why the Sony Hack is Unlikely to be the Work of NK (Marc's Security Ramblings)
Cyber: NK's Ace Up the Sleeve? (The Diplomat)
Sony Hack Fallout Includes Unraveling of Relationships in Hollywood (The New York Times)
The Real Problem With The Interview Is Its Racism, Not Its Satire (Medium)
Watch Out World: NK Deep into Cyber Warfare (CNN)
Paramount Bans Showing Team America (The Daily Beast)
Steve Carell's NK Film Axed (The Telegraph)
Steve Carell Movie Set in NK is Nixed (USA Today)

December 19: Sony Exec. Fires Back @Obama (CNN)
FBI: NK Government Responsible (The Guardian)
FBI Update on Sony Investigation (FBI)
Anonymous Announces Vengeance On NK For Sony Hack
Jon Stewart Takes On NK Over Sony Hack (The Huffington Post)
BitTorrent Advises Sony How to Release The Interview Online (Hollywood Reporter)
Hackers to Sony: We'll Stand Down if You Never Release Movie (CNN)
Hackers Demand Sony Remove all Signs The Interview Existed (The Verge)
The Disconnect of The Interview (The New York Times)
Is NK Really Behind Sony Hack? (DW)

December 20: Obama Vows to Respond Proportionally to Sony Hack Blamed on NK (The Korea Herald)
Chinese Annoyance With NK Bubbles to the Surface (The New York Times)
US Seeks China's Help Against NK Cyberattacks (CNN)
The Interview Jeopardizes the Future of Overseas Antagonists (Korea Joongang Daily)
Chinese Media Criticizes Sony for Mocking NK's Kim (Yonhap News)
Hackers Tell Sony The Interview May Be Released With Edits (Ars Technica)
The Interview Co-Director: Sony Hack Was Probably An Inside Job (The Anti Media)
Sony Picked One Of The Worst Possible Times To Release A Movie Making Fun Of NK (Business Insider)
Steve Carellís Pyongyang Would Have Been Hollywoodís First Good NK Movie (Vulture)

December 21: Attack Could Cost Sony $500m (The Korea Herald)
The Interview: The Importance of Parody (The Diplomat)
The Policy Department of the National Defence Commission of NK Statement (PDF prepared by  www.adamcathcart.com)
NK Threatens Ultra-Harsh Action on US Soil Over Hacking Allegation (The Korea Herald)
Sony Doesn't Know How But Says The Interview Will Be Shown (CNN)
NK Threatens To Attack US If Obama Retaliates Over Sony Hacking (Huffington Post)
NK Claims US Government Made The Interview (Vice News) (lol)
Hackers Vs Haters: How Twitter Reacted To Sony Pulling The Interview (Make Use Of)

December 22: How Should US Respond to Sony Cyber Attack? (ABC News)
Chinese Foreign Minister Talked to John Kerry About Sony Hack (The Hollywood Reporter)
NK Threatens Strikes on US Amid Hacking Claims (Yahoo News)
NK Skipping UN Security Council Meeting (The New York Times) (lol)
China Condemns Cyberattacks, But Says No Proof NK Hacked Sony (Reuters)
NK Denies Sony Hack but Warns US: Worse is Coming (CNN)
Sony Hack: NK Threatens US as Row Deepens (BBC News)
Obama Faces Tough Decision on NK (The Korea Herald)
NK's Internet is Being Disrupted (CNN)
NY Theater to Stage The Interview (CNN)
As NK Loses Internet, Anonymous, Others Question Whether It Really Hacked Sony (Huffington Post)
Sony Looking for Ways to Distribute The Interview Online (PC World)
Terrorists Win a Round Over Sonyís The Interview (Editorial, Los Angeles Times via The Korea Herald)
Sony Considers Online Release of The Interview as Free-Speech Criticisms Continue (The Guardian)
Comedy is No Laughing Matter in NK (CNN)
US Considering Re-listing NK as State Terrorism Sponsor (The Korea Times)
BREAKING: We Can Conclusively Confirm North Korea Was Not Behind Sony Hack (Got News)
Double Voice of America Broadcasting into NK (Congressman Brad Sherman)
NKís Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into NK (The Daily Beast)

December 23, 2014, 08:45:05 AM
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Re: The Interview, The Sony Hack, and So On...
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2014, 08:45:05 AM »
December 23: NK Experiencing Major Internet Outages (Arirang News)
NK Experiencing Severe Internet Outages (The Korea Herald)
NK Experiencing Severe Internet Outages (Associated Press)
NK has Gone Completely Offline (The Week)
NK's Internet Restored (SBS Australia)
NKís Internet Back After Probable Attack (North Korea Tech)
A Cyber Conflict with NK is Dangerous Uncharted Territory (CNN)
Officers Suspect a Hacking Group in SK Nuclear Reactor Cyberattack (Korea Joongang Daily)
SK's Park Geun-hye Orders Cyber Security Boost (BBC)
SK Military to Set Up Cyber Operations Team (The Korea Herald)
NK Pushes to Spur Cyberwarfare Force (The Korea Herald)
Obama Mulls New NK Sanctions (Korea Joongang Daily)
US Urges NK to Refrain from Threats (Yonhap News) (lol)
Voice of NK on the Sony Hack (North Korea Tech)
China Calls on US & NK to Talk Over Sony Hacking (Yonhap News) (lol)
SK Columnist: US Shouldn't Ratchet Tension Up Over One Low-Class Comedy Film (Business Insider)
The Interview: Sony's NK film to be screened in US (BBC)
Where The Interview Will Be Screened: The Wrapís Guide to Theaters (Updating) (The Wrap)
Sony Will Release The Interview, but Few Theaters Sign On (The Wall St. Journal)
Sony Hack: What You Missed (Recode)
Sony Grows A Pair: Social Media Hails Release of The Interview (CNN)
Who Took Down NK's Internet? (CNN)

December 24: Some NK Websites Remain Down (Yonhap News)
NK Internet Down for Second Day (The Korea Times)
DDoS Paralyzes NKís Internet (Korea Joongang Daily)
Seeing The Interview Doesn't Hurt NK & Kim Jong-un ó it Helps Them (Vox) (I disagree)
Sony Re-Gifts The Interview in Limited Xmas Release (The Korea Herald)
The Interview Released on YouTube & On-Demand Websites Despite Threats (ABC Australia)
Sony Releases The Interview on Google Play, YouTube, Xbox Video (The Washington Post)
Victory for America, Sony & Capitalism! (PZ Myers)
Sony Grows a Pair: Social Media Hails Release of The Interview (CNN)
What Next From NK After The Interview Opens? (Forbes)
We Spoke To A NK Defector Who Trained With Its Hackers ó What He Said Is Pretty Scary (Business Insider)
No, NK Didnít Hack Sony (The Daily Beast)
Why Sony's Digital Release of The Interview Changes the Game (The LA Times)
Skepticism Among Security Experts That NK Was Behind Sony Hack (Bits)
How Randall Park became Kim Jong-Un for The Interview
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I basically had a week to just gain as much weight as I could, and it was a glorious week.

December 25, 2014, 03:45:53 PM
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Re: The Interview, The Sony Hack, and So On...
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2014, 03:45:53 PM »
I just watched The Interview and am in complete agreement with this first article. This isn't a movie NK would want breaking through its borders. It was actually funnier than I expected and surprisingly (no offence to the creators) more powerful than I was expecting. This first article contains some spoilers beyond the known fact that ala Titanic, Kim Jong-un dies at the end. And as guitar and piano player, I found all the bitten-off fingers quite disturbing. There was no need for any of that. I'll be having nightmares for months.

December 25 (Merry Xmas!): The Interview Really Does Subvert NKís Regime (The Washington Post)
The Interview Is A Pirate Hit With 200K Downloads (Torrent Freak)
2014's Most Infamous Film Isn't Great, But It's Important (Engadget)
NK NOT Behind the Sony Hack According to Multiple Security Experts (The Daily Mail)
Sony Should Send A Thank You Note To Kim Jong-un? (Forbes)
Sony Hackers Fail to Deliver Xmas Gift They Promised Would Ruin Studio (The Daily Mail)
Capacity Crowds Pack Screenings of The Interview (Associated Press)
Sony's The Interview Challenges NK & Hollywood (Mashable)

December 26:The Interview Hits Screens @100s of US Theaters (Yonhap News)
Major NK Websites Remain Unstable for 4th Day (Yonhap News)
The Interview Makes $1Million @Box Office (CNN)
The Interview Illegally Downloaded 750,000 Times on Xmas (CNN)
Why SK Filmmakers Would Never Make Movie Like The Interview (The LA Times)
SK Singer to Sue Over Use of Song in The Interview (The Korea Herald)
Chinese Viewers Mostly Give Thumbs Up for The Interview (Sinosphere)
Demand For The Interview Is Shooting Up In NK & Its Government Is Freaking Out (Business Insider)
NK Blames US For Internet Outages (Reuters)
NK Not Behind Sony Attack: Sony Insider Named Lena Possibly To Blame (The Conservative Tree House)
Sony Hacker Lena: 5 Facts You Need to Know (Heavy)
NK Blames US for Internet Shutdown, Makes Racist Obama Insult (KKTV)
In Asia The Interview is Watched Illegally Online & Panned (Reuters)
Chinese People Flock to Video-Streaming Sites for The Interview (Korea Herald)
Curiosity Over The Interview Grows in SK (The Korea Herald)
Kim Jong-un @Greenhouse For Vegetables (Yonhap News) And I bet those vegetables were fake.
I Was Honeydicked Into Spending Christmas with The Interview (The Daily Beast) Best article title of the week
NK blasts US Over Release of The Interview (CNN)

December 27: Regime Tightens Security @Border (Korea Joongang Daily)
NK: Obama Is A Monkey (The Telegraph)
NK Denies Sony Hacking, Offers Joint Probe (Korea Herald)
Major NK Websites Remain Unstable for 5th Day (The Korea Times)
Sony to be Sued For Pirating Music in The Interview (Torrent Freak)
Experts Doubt NK Behind Sony Hack (CNN)
NK Blames US for Internet Outages & Calls Obama a Monkey (Reuters)
What The Interview Accidentally Taught Us About Digital Film Distribution (Forbes)
Why NK Hates Obama, Sony, & The Interview: On-Target Satire (Donald Kirk - Forbes)
The Interview Inspires a Reporter to Run a Marathon in NKís Capital (The NY Times)
More information here about the great 2015 Pyongyang Marathon
The Interview: Why Did Apple Stay on the Sidelines? (Fortune)
The Interview Earns Another 725K Friday (The Hollywood Reporter)

Dec. 28: Major NK Websites Remain Unstable for 6th Day (Yonhap News)
NK Internet Outages Continue Amid Hacking Row (The Korea Herald)
NK Lambasts US over The Interview Says Obama is the Culprit (CNN)
Has the Fuss Over The Interview Been Good for Sony's Bottom Line? (The LA Times)
Screenwriter Dan Sterling: The Interview Is A Case Of Accidental Irony (NPR)
US & NK Internet Blame Game (The Korea Times)
NK Denies involvement in Hacking of SK Nuclear Power Operator (Yonhap News)
The Interview Made over 5 Times as Much Online as in Theaters (Vox)
Man Wants Refund After Buying $650 in Tickets to The Interview (Variety)
The Interview Now Available on iTunes (Cult of Mac)
The Interview: $15M & 2M Streams (CNN)

December 30, 2014, 12:15:03 AM
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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2014, 12:15:03 AM »
December 29: Graham Suspects China Involved in Sony Hack (CNN)  :o
US Withholds Comment on NK's Personal Attack on Obama (Yonhap news)
Major NK Websites Stay Inaccessible (Yonhap News)
NK Tries to Keep Out Pirated DVDs of The Interview (The Chosun Ilbo)
Koreans Dodge Online Hurdles to See The Interview (Korea JoongAng Daily)
The Sony Hack Was a Ploy to Keep Kim Jong-un Safe From the UN & it's Working (Vox)


December 30: US Sure NK Responsible for Sony Hack (Yonhap News)
FBI Not Budging on Sony Hack Culprit (CNN)
SK to Drop Sony Film in NK by Balloon (Associated Press)
The Interview to Be Screened in Itaewon Bar (The Korea Times) Oh, I think I'll go! Update: I went!

December 31: Activists Determined to Float Kim Jong-un Caper into NK (Chosun Ilbo)
NK Repeats Calls for Joint Probe into Sony Hacking (The Korea Times)
The FBI May Have Made An Embarrassing Mistake While Investigating The Sony Hack (Business Insider)
Sony Execs Used Old BlackBerrys Found in a Basement after Getting Hacked (The Verge)
Sony Sends The Interview Far & Wide (CNet)
Chinese Viewers Give Mixed Response to The Interview (Yonhap News)

January 1, 2015: (Happy New Year!)
The Interview: Not Really So Bad, Actually (Ken Eckert)
Will The Interview Spark Online Cinema Revolution? (SF Gate)
NK Leader Kim Jong-un Proposes Summit (BBC) Perhaps an attempt to stop balloon launches and/or new US sanctions.
NK Defector to Airdrop The Interview into NK (Gawker) Related: NK Hitman Foiled in Plot to Poison Top Dissident (The Independent Sept, 2011)
The Interview DVD (to be) Smuggled into NK by Giant Balloon (4 News)
Forget the Movie, Focus on Human Rights (The Sacremento Bee) Right on.


January 2: Nothing to Envy Author Watches The Interview (The New Yorker)
NK Expert: The Interview Gets A Lot Right About NK (Media ITE)
NK Ratchets Up Peace Offensive (The Korea Herald)
Obama Imposes New Sanctions Against NK in Response to Sony Hack (The Guardian)
Obama Has Announced NK's Punishment for Hacking Sony (MIC)
The Interview Raises Tension Between US & NK (VOA Learning English)
Controversial Satire The Interview Debuts in Ottawa (Ottawa Sun)
NK Fingered in Email Threats to Sony (The Chosun Ilbo)
The Interview Gets a Tepid Thumbs Up @Seoul Screening (Wall St. Journal) I was there, and the burger was amazing :)
Obama Just Hit These N. Koreans With Sanctions Over the Sony Hack (Vox)

January 3: US Slaps New Sanctions on NK in Response to Sony Hack (Yonhap News)
Seoul: US Sanctions on NK Are Appropriate (Yonhap News)
NK Defectors Say The Interview Isn't Funny (Business Insider)
Former NK Poet Laureate Says The Interview Is As Explosive As a Real Bomb Being Dropped on Kim Jong-un (Vice News)

January 04, 2015, 03:09:55 PM
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March 25, 2015, 10:42:34 PM
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Re: The Interview, The Sony Hack, and So On...
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2015, 10:42:34 PM »
Some more recent related and semi-related articles:

January 23: Sony: Hack So Bad, Our Computers Still Don't Work (CNN Money)

February 4: Sony: The Interview Hack Won't Hurt our Earnings (CNN Money)

February 5: Sonyís Amy Pascal Stepping Down as Co-Chairman (Variety)
Sony Pictures Co-Chair Amy Pascal Steps Down (The Washington Post)

February 6: US Lawmakers Introduce New NK Sanctions Bill (Yonhap News)
After The Interview: the Future of NK Spoofs (The Guardian)

February 10: Rights Group Denounces Attempts to Halt Leaflets (Korea JoongAng Daily)
February 18: Obama Ranks NK Cyber Capabilities as Not so Good (The Korea Herald)

March 3: NKís Cyber Strategy (JoongAng Daily)
March 16: Activist Vows to Send Leaflets Despite NK Threat (Yonhap News)

March 17: NK Blamed for Nuclear-Power Plant Hack (Wall St. Journal)
Why Drop The Interview on NK? (Dazed)
NK Behind Nuke Power Plant Data Leakage (Yonhap News)

March 22: NK Warns Against Airdropping DVDs of The Interview (Gulf Times)
NK Renews Threats Against Leaflet Campaign (Yonhap News)

March 23: SK Activists Postpone NK The Interview DVD Balloon Launch (The Telegraph)
CIA Director Neither Confirms Nor Denies US Role in NK's Internet Outage (Yonhap News)

March 24: Activist Vows Leaflet Launch Despite NK Threats (Yonhap News)

March 25: Activists to Send Interview Copies to NK if No Apology (NK News)
US Did Carry Out Cyber Operations in Response to NK's Hack on Sony (Yonhap News)

March 27: NK Denies Involvement in Nuke Power Operator Hacking (The Korea Herald)

March 31: NK Hacking Threat Leads to Blue House Cyber-Security Office (NK News)
New Team to Combat Cyberattacks (The Korea Herald)