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North Korea Calls President Obama A "Monkey." Blames Him For 'The Interview' Release & Shutting Their Internet Down, Threatens Consequences (Video)

North Korea was NOT behind the Sony hack according to multiple security experts who discredit FBI findings and reveal that a studio insider named 'Lena' may be responsible

North Korea blamed its recent Internet outage on the United States on Saturday and hurled racially charged insults at President Barack Obama over the hacking row involving the movie "The Interview."

North Korea's powerful National Defense Commission, which is led by Kim Jong Un and is the country's top governing body, said Obama was behind the release of the comedy that depicts Kim's assassination. The commission described the movie as illegal, dishonest and reactionary.

"Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest," an unidentified spokesman at the commission's Policy Department said in a statement carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency.

The White House's National Security Council declined to comment Saturday.

North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy. Sony Pictures initially called off the release of the film, citing threats of terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters. Obama criticized Sony's decision, and the movie opened this past week.

It wasn't the first time North Korea has used crude insults against Obama and other top U.S. and South Korean officials. Earlier this year, North Korea called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous" lantern jaw and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a prostitute. In May, the North's official news agency published a dispatch saying Obama has the "shape of a monkey."

A State Department spokeswoman at the time called the North Korean dispatch "offensive and ridiculous and absurd."

In the latest incident, the North Korean defense commission also blamed Washington for intermittent outages of North Korean websites this past week. The outages happened after Obama blamed the Sony hack on North Korea and promised to respond "in a place and time and manner that we choose."

The U.S. government has declined to say whether it was behind the Internet shutdown in North Korea.

According to the North Korean commission's spokesman, "the U.S., a big country, started disturbing the Internet operation of major media of the DPRK, not knowing shame like children playing tag." DPRK refers to the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The commission said the movie was the result of a hostile U.S. policy toward North Korea, and threatened the U.S. with unspecified consequences.

North Korea and the U.S. remain technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. The rivals also are locked in an international standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and its alleged human rights abuses.

A United Nations commission accuses North Korea of a wide array of crimes against humanity, including murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment and rape.

The U.S. stations about 28,500 troops in South Korea as deterrence against North Korean aggression.

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  • The FBI last week announced that they had discovered conclusive evidence proving the North Korean government was behind the Sony hack
  • President Obama then attacked the country for their behavior during a news conference, and informed them that the United States would retaliate
  • Now, the findings of the FBI are being called into question by many of the cybersecurity industry's leading experts
  • What's more, after an independent investigation, Norse has determined that they believe a woman named 'Lena' is responsible for the hack
  • Almost every expert stated that they believe the hack had to have been an inside job 

The FBI just last week confirmed what many Americans already assumed to be a forgone conclusion when they revealed there was conclusive evidence that North Korea's government was behind the hacking of Sony, an attack the government bureau said was carried out as a way 'to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves.'

Then, in a press conference on Friday, President Obama not only attacked North Korea and leader Kim Jong-un for their attempts to 'intimidate' Americans through their actions, but went so far as to warn the country that America would retaliate in response their actions.

Almost immediately the North Korean leader issued a statement denying involvement and demanding an apology from the United States for their 'evil doings.'

And while that apology is probably never coming, it seems that Kim Jong-un may be right, at least according to numerous cybersecurity experts and hackers who have come forward to not only point out the flaws in the FBI's investigation, but also possibly reveal the identity of the culprit.

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Wrong guy: A growing number of cybersecurity experts are coming forward to say that North Korea and their leader Kim Jong-un (above) could not have been behind the Sony hack

Wrong guy: A growing number of cybersecurity experts are coming forward to say that North Korea and their leader Kim Jong-un (above) could not have been behind the Sony hack

Too strong: This after President Obama (above) said in a news conference on Friday that the United States would retaliate following North Korea's actions

Too strong: This after President Obama (above) said in a news conference on Friday that the United States would retaliate following North Korea's actions

Obama warns of 'proportional response' to Sony hacking

The problems with the FBI's investigation are best explained by Marc Rogers in an article he wrote for The Daily Beast.

Working as both the director of security operations for DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker conference, and the principal security researcher for the world's leading mobile security company, Cloudflare, Rogers may be one of the foremost experts when it comes to hacking.

The first FBI claim that Rogers tears down also happens to be one the strongest that the FBI has, saying in their statement; 'The malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed.'

There are two problems with this according to Harris, and both have to do with the bureau basing their findings on assumptions as opposed to fact.

First,while a similar malware may have been used in a previous cyber attack that North Korea has been linked to, that does not serve as definitive proof that this attack was carried out by North Korea.

Harris then further chips away at this statement, pointing out that he and many security experts do not believe North Korea was involved in those previous incidents, whose coding the FBI is referencing to tie the attacks together.

What's more, the coding for one of the two malwares, Shamoon, was leaked according to Harris, and would not be difficult for any hacker to find.

He then takes aim at the FBI conclusion that since the IP addresses used in the attack are addresses used by North Korea in previous attacks, they must be responsible.

According to Harris, the reasoning is flawed as these addresses are used by everyone from major hackers to even small time Internet criminals to avoid detection, meaning these addresses could tie virtually anyone in the hacking community, or even someone using stolen credit cards to shop online and avoid detection, to the attack.

Then, there is the fact that the demand by the hacking group, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace, that the The Interview not be released was not announced until weeks into the hack, and only after some members of the media had begun to perpetuate the now widely accepted story that the goal of the hack was to make sure The Interview would never be distributed by Sony.

Convenient story: Many skeptics have begun pointing out that North Korea's rumored motivation was written about by some media outlets before the hacking group made mention of them

Convenient story: Many skeptics have begun pointing out that North Korea's rumored motivation was written about by some media outlets before the hacking group made mention of them

North Korea says it didn't hack Sony, wants joint probe with US

Kurt Stammberger, a senior vice president with cybersecurity firm Norse, echoed many of Harris' statements in a separate interview, and said that given the severity of the hack it had to have been an inside job.

Stammberger, whose company decided to carry out their own independent investigation, told CBS News; 'We are very confident that this was not an attack master-minded by North Korea and that insiders were key to the implementation of one of the most devastating attacks in history.' 

That's not all either, as he says their research seems to be pointing them towards a woman named Lena who even claims be a member of Guardians of Peace. 

'This woman was in precisely the right position and had the deep technical background she would need to locate the specific servers that were compromised,' revealed Stammberger.

Then there is world famous hacker Hector Monsegur of Anonymous, known to many as Sabu, who does not think North Korea could have hacked Sony, a company whose internal systems he knows all to well as he has hacked into their database.

NORTH KOREA RESPONDS TO FBI CLAIMS THAT THEY HACKED SONY 

Strange thing that happened in the heart of the U.S., the ill-famed cesspool of injustice, is now afloat in the world as shocking news.

The Sony Pictures Entertainment, the biggest movie producer in the U.S., which produced the undesirable reactionary film "The Interview" daring hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and agitating even terrorism and had a plan to distribute it, was exposed to surprisingly sophisticated, destructive and threatening cyber warfare and has been thrown into a bottomless quagmire after suffering property losses worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

The public in the U.S. is now describing this case as "disgrace suffered by Sony Pictures Entertainment," "very sorry thing caused by the U.S.," "Sony Pictures Entertainment showing a white flag before hackers" and the "unprecedented disaster suffered by the U.S."

Those who meted out a stern punishment of justice were reported to be cyber experts styling themselves "guardians of peace".

Seized with terrible horror and threat in face of their merciless hacking attack in retaliation against unjust actions, many movie and drama distributors in North America including 41 states of the U.S. and Canada immediately canceled the screening of the reactionary movie. And it was reported that the Sony Pictures Entertainment which directly sponsored its production and distribution hastily issued a statement on Dec. 25 that it would suspend the screening of the undesirable movie which had been planned in 63 countries.

The NDC of the DPRK highly estimates the righteous action taken by the "guardians of peace," though it is not aware of their residence.

It, at the same time, considers as fortunate the step taken by the Sony Pictures Entertainment to give up the overall distribution of the above-said movie due to the decision and strong pressure of the movie and drama distributors for stopping the screening of the reactionary movie, though belatedly.

This is an official stand of the army and the people of the DPRK on what happened in the heart of the U.S.

This stand is taken by the DPRK because the movie "The Interview" is an undesirable and reactionary one justifying and inciting terrorism which should not be allowed in any country and any region.

Another reason is that the movie is run through with a story agitating a vicious and dastardly method of assassinating a head of a legitimate sovereign state.

No wonder, even political and social circles of the U.S. commented that it is quite wrong to defame the head of the state for the mere reason that his politics is different from that of the U.S. and it is in the hostile relationship with the latter and, therefore, the Sony Pictures Entertainment got into a serious trouble and paid a due price.

For these reasons, the DPRK is more highly praising the "guardians of peace" for their righteous deed which prevented in advance the evil cycle of retaliation-- terrorism sparks terrorism.

It is quite natural that the movie and drama producers should refrain from undesirable deeds contrary to the noble mission to lead morality and civilization.

But what matters is that the U.S. and its followers are groundlessly trumpeting that the recent cyber attack was made by the DPRK.

The FBI issued the results of the investigation into the hack at the Sony Pictures Entertainment on December 19.

According to them, it suffered tremendous losses.

One may say this is the due price incurred by wrong deed, the evil act of hurting others.

The U.S. released a statement asserting that this loss was caused by the DPRK.

No matter how big and disgraceful the loss may be, the U.S. should not pull up others for no reason.

The FBI presented a report on the results of technical analysis of hacking program used by the "guardians of peace" for this attack, citing it as the ground that the serious hacking was caused by the DPRK.

The report says the malignant code had access to north Korea's IP already known several times and the hacking methods applied in the "March 20 hacking case" and during cyber warfare against media and various other computer networks in south Korea in recent years are similar to that applied against the Sony Pictures Entertainment this time, being another ground that "this was done by the north".

The report, in particular, adds that the malignant code and algorithm applied during the attack are similar to what was used during the hacking attack on south Korea, citing it as a proof.

Not satisfied with those groundless "evidence", the FBI is letting loose ambiguous remarks that it is hard to fully prove due to the "protection of sensitive information sources."

This means self-acknowledgement that the "assertion about the north's deed" came from an intentional allegation rather than scientific evidence.

It is a common sense that the method of cyber warfare is almost similar worldwide. Different sorts of hacking programs and codes are used in cyberspace.

If somebody used U.S.-made hacking programs and codes and applied their instruction or encoding method, perhaps, the "wise" FBI, too, could not but admit that it would be hard to decisively assert that the attack was done by the U.S.

Moreover, the DPRK has never attempted nor made a "cyber-attack" on south Korea. The rumor about "cyber-attack" by the DPRK was a concoction made by the south Korean puppet regime and its plot.

After all, the grounds cited by the FBI in its announcement were all based on obscure sci-tech data and false story and, accordingly, the announcement itself is another fabrication. This is the DPRK's stand on the U.S. gangster-like behavior against it.

What is grave is that U.S. President Obama is recklessly making the rumor about "DPRK's cyber-attack on Sony Pictures" a fait accompli while crying out for symmetric counteraction, strict calculation and additionally retaliatory sanctions.

This is like beating air after being hit hard. A saying goes every sin brings its punishment with it. It is best for the guilty to repent of its evil doings and draw a lesson when forced to pay dearly for them.

The DPRK has clear evidence that the U.S. administration was deeply involved in the making of such dishonest reactionary movie.

It is said that the movie was conceived and produced according to the "guidelines" of the U.S. authorities who contended that such movies hurting the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership and inciting terrorism against it would be used in an effective way as "propaganda against north Korea".

The U.S. Department of State's special human rights envoy went the lengths of urging the movie makers to keep all scenes insulting the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership in the movie, saying it is needed to "vex the north Korean government".

The facts glaringly show that the U.S. is the chief culprit of terrorism as it has loudly called for combating terrorism everywhere in the world but schemed behind the scene to produce and distribute movies inciting it in various countries of the world.

It is not exaggeration to say in the light of the prevailing situation that the U.S. administration and President Obama looking after the overall state affairs of the U.S. have been behind the case.

Can he really cover up the crimes he has committed by trying so hard to falsify the truth and turn white to black.

So we watched with unusual attention what had been done by the "guardians of peace" to avert terrorism and defend justice.

Yet, we do not know who or where they are but we can surely say that they are supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK.

The army and people of the DPRK who aspire after justice and truth and value conscience have hundreds of millions of supporters and sympathizers, known or unknown, who have turned out in the sacred war against terrorism and the U.S. imperialists, the chieftain of aggression, to accomplish the just cause.

Obama personally declared in public the "symmetric counteraction", a disgraceful behavior.

There is no need to guess what kind of thing the "symmetric counteraction" is like but the army and people of the DPRK will never be browbeaten by such a thing.

The DPRK has already launched the toughest counteraction. Nothing is more serious miscalculation than guessing that just a single movie production company is the target of this counteraction. Our target is all the citadels of the U.S. imperialists who earned the bitterest grudge of all Koreans.

The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the U.S. in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels.

Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism, by far surpassing the "symmetric counteraction" declared by Obama.

This is the invariable toughest stand of the army and people of the DPRK.

Fighters for justice including "guardians of peace" who turned out in the sacred drive for cooperation in the fight against the U.S. to defend human justice and conscience and to dismember the U.S. imperialists, the root cause of all sorts of evils and kingpin of injustice, are sharpening bayonets not only in the U.S. mainland but in all other parts of the world.

The just struggle to be waged by them across the world will bring achievements thousands of times greater than the hacking attack on the Sony Pictures Entertainment.

It is the truth and inevitability of the historical development that justice prevails over injustice.

Whoever challenges justice by toeing the line of the biggest criminal U.S. will never be able to escape merciless punishment as it is the target of the sacred drive for cooperation in the fight against the U.S.

The U.S. should reflect on its evil doings that put itself in such a trouble, apologize to the Koreans and other people of the world and should not dare pull up others. 

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Sony WILL release The Interview: Execs change their minds after initially bowing to hackers' demands and pulling Kim Jong-Un assassination film. Do you agree with Sony?

The Interview will be released in U.S. theaters after all. Sony has reversed it's decision to pull the plug on the film and has decided to give it a limited theatrical release, beginning on Christmas Day. The Wrap reports it will also be shown on VOD.

The decision was confirmed by Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton on Tuesday, December 23. The company had previously bowed to pressure from hackers, calling themselves Guardians of the Peace, and cancelled plans to release the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

The decision was very unpopular among fans, Hollywood actors and was even criticized by President Obama.

The film's plot centers around a CIA-hatched plan to have a tabloid show host and producer assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

North Korea is believed to be behind the Sony studio hack, which resulted in the leak of several unreleased films and private company emails.

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Sony Hackers 9/11 Type Threats Cause Cancellation Of 'The Interview' Movie Premiere. Theaters Refusing To Show The Film. North Korea Being Blamed (Video)

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  • 'Sony only delayed this,' said company attorney David Boies on NBC's Meet the Press
  • Was unsure how distribution might proceed
  • Sony cancelled The Interview's slated December 25 release last week after the hackers threatened real-world attacks on cinemas screening it
  • Film could be made available on Crackle, the streaming service Sony already owns 

Sony says it will release the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy 'The Interview' mere days after it announced the film would not in theaters for its scheduled Christmas release date.

Sony cancelled the film's release last week after the hackers threatened real-world attacks on cinemas screening it.

'Sony only delayed this,' said company attorney David Boies on today's NBC's Meet the Press. 

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Sony says it will in fact publicly release the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy 'The Interview' despite threats from hackers

Sony says it will in fact publicly release the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy 'The Interview' despite threats from hackers

'Sony only delayed this,' said company attorney David Boies on NBC's Meet the Press.

'Sony only delayed this,' said company attorney David Boies on NBC's Meet the Press.

President Obama later said Sony had made a mistake in cancelling the movie, and that he would have intervened to make sure it went ahead.

The hackers leaked embarrassing emails between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin joking in a racially insensitive manner about Obama's film tastes.

'Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed,' he said, according to The Daily Beast. 'It will be distributed.' 

The vast majority of cinema chains which were set to screen the movie pulled it after the threats.

That came after a series of embarrassing internal documents were made public, from plans for the upcoming James Bond film, to internal emails arguing over the company's direction, to discussion of past theatrical failures.  

Pascal has been especially embarrassed by the leaks, recently having emails released revealing that things are so bad between the actor and the studio in fact that Sony head Amy Pascal calls him an 'a**hole* not once, but twice in emails exchanges.

The hackers leaked embarrassing emails between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin joking in a racially insensitive manner about Obama's film tastes

The hackers leaked embarrassing emails between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin joking in a racially insensitive manner about Obama's film tastes

Actress Angelina Jolie was also ripped in some of the email exchanges with Amy Pascal, seen here together at a  Women in Entertainment Breakfast in L.A.

Actress Angelina Jolie was also ripped in some of the email exchanges with Amy Pascal, seen here together at a  Women in Entertainment Breakfast in L.A.

She also believed Idris Elba should be cast as the next James Bond.

Meanwhile Angelina Jolie was referred to as a 'a minimally talented spoiled brat' in one exchange discussing the star's passion project remake of Cleopatra.  

Boies called the hacks 'a state sponsored criminal attack on an American corporation and its employees.

Sony has been glad for the FBI's help in investigating the hack, and 'the rest of the government has got to get behind it and has got to figure out a way that we can protect our national security.'

As Vox notes, one viable option to get the movie out would be Crackle, the streaming service that Sony already owns.  

However, Boies was unsure how viewers would finally be able to see the film.

Seth Rogen, James Franco talk the Sony Pictures hack
Sony cancelled The Interview's slated December 25 release last week after the hackers threatened real-world attacks on cinemas screening it

Sony cancelled The Interview's slated December 25 release last week after the hackers threatened real-world attacks on cinemas screening it

'How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet,' he said. 'But it's going to be distributed.'

Just this weekend, North Korea threatened more attacks against the U.S. government and other American institutions in the wake of the hack on Sony which cancelled the release of The Interview.

Obama also announced there was consideration to put the rogue state back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. 

The government - which was outraged by the film showing the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un - also claimed to have 'clear evidence' that the U.S. government engineered the project as a 'propaganda' attack against North Korea.

Obama says Sony decision to pull movie was 'mistake'

Obama also announced there was consideration to put the rogue state back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism

Obama also announced there was consideration to put the rogue state back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism

In a ranting post published by the state news agency KCNA, Korean authorities hit back in an escalating war of words in which they say they will 'blow up' the White House - while bizarrely continuing to deny they have anything to do with the cyber attacks on Sony. 

North Korea called the hack a 'righteous deed' - and reiterated that it 'highly esteems' the attack - but said it had no idea where it came from. 

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'Remember 9/11': Sony hackers issue chilling warning of attacks on theaters showing Kim assassination film as Rogen and Franco cancel all scheduled press appearances

Sony executives are scrambling in the wake of a massive leak of unreleased movies, private emails, and documents.

North Korea has been blamed for the hack because the upcoming film, The Interview, depicts an attempt to assassinate their leader Kim Jung UnSeth Roganand James Franco are the stars of the comedy, set to open on December 25.

North Korea has not taken responsibility for the hack, but called it a "righteous deed." A group called the Guardians of Peace is claiming to be behind the leaks. They have warned fans not to go see the film via a statement threatening possible violence.

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Sony chief Amy Pascal calls Leonardo DiCaprio 'despicable' as fellow Sony exec insults Will Smith's 'home schooled' children in damning new emails

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  • Guardians of Peace have released a chilling new message including ominous threats against cinemas showing Sony's The Interview
  • They warn people to stay away from places where film will be shown, including the upcoming New York premiere on Thursday
  • The threat makes reference to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Stars James Franco and Seth Rogen have canceled all scheduled media appearances in the light of the threats
  • The film is due to open across the country on Christmas Day
  • None of the big cinema chains have said if they plan to ban the film, but shares in Regal, AMC and Cinemark all dropped after the announcement
  • A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson has said that they don't believe that the source of threats is credible

Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace have made ominous threats against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film The Interview that reference the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The group released a trove of data files on Tuesday: what they called the beginning of a 'Christmas gift.' Also included was a message warning people to should stay away from places where The Interview will be shown, including the upcoming New York premiere on Thursday.

Referencing 9/11, the chilling warning urged people to leave their homes if located near theaters showing the film.

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James Franco and Seth Rogen have canceled all scheduled media appearances in the light of the threats made against their new movie The Interview

James Franco and Seth Rogen have canceled all scheduled media appearances in the light of the threats made against their new movie The Interview

Hackers have made ominous '9/11-like' threats against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film The Interview. The movie has its L.A. premiere at The Theatre at Ace Hotel last Thursday (above)

Hackers have made ominous '9/11-like' threats against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film The Interview. The movie has its L.A. premiere at The Theatre at Ace Hotel last Thursday (above)

Now, some in the industry are saying major theater chains that are publicly traded companies may not be able to even show the movie for fear of serious legal repercussions should these threats ultimately be true.

'If something does happen at theaters showing The Interview, today’s hacker threat means that no one can say they didn’t know or at the very least have a reasonable expectation, explains Deadline.

 

 HACKERS CHILLING WARNING THREATENS CINEMA ATTACKS

The message in full reads: 

Warning

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. 

Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. 

The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. 

We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) 

Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. 

All the world will denounce the SONY. 

The hackers have issued a warning that people should stay away from places where The Interview -  James Franco and Seth Rogen's North Korean comedy - will be show from Christmas Day

The hackers have issued a warning that people should stay away from places where The Interview -  James Franco and Seth Rogen's North Korean comedy - will be show from Christmas Day

‘The world will be full of fear,’ the message reads. ‘Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.' 

A former high-level government official has downplayed the threat of cinema attacks.

‘Somebody is playing mind games with [SONY],’ Richard Clarke, a cyber security expert and former White House counter-terrorism adviser, told ABC News.

‘I think North Korea has little or no capability to do any physical attacks, commando activity, or terrorism in the U.S. By saying it’s coming, however, they hope to keep people from the theaters and, thereby, hurt Sony’s revenue.’ 

A cyber security expert who has previously consulted for Sony said is unaware of any other instance in which hackers have 'threatened large-scale physical violence.'

'This now borders on terrorist activity and would define the Guardians of Peace as a terrorist group,' Ralph Echemendia, chief executive of cyber security firm Red E-Digital, told the L.A. Times

The threatening message was posted to Pastebin, a popular file-sharing site. Below it were five links leading to caches of Sony files stolen in the original hack attack, which became public on November 24. They were titled 'The 1st day of Christmas gift: This is the beginning.'

The ‘Christmas gift’ of files was called ‘Michael Lynton' after the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Sony held a low-key premiere at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles last Thursday and beefed up security specially for the event 

For the latest data dump, the hackers are using disposable email addresses provided by a French-based service called yopmail.com.

Frenchman Frederic Leroy, who started up the yopmail site in 2004, was surprised to learn the Sony hackers were using yopmail addresses. He said there was no way he could identify the users.

'I cannot see the identities of people using the address ... there is no name, no first name,' he said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. He said yopmail is used around the world but there are 'hundreds and hundreds' of other disposable email sites.

Leroy, who lives in Barr, outside Strasbourg in eastern France, said he heard about the Sony hackers yesterday on the radio but knows nothing more. He said he has not been contacted by any authorities.

Separately Tuesday, two former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment sued the Culver City, California company for not preventing hackers from stealing nearly 50,000 social security numbers, salary details and other personal information from current and former workers.

Over the summer, North Korea warned that the film's release would be an ‘act of war that we will never tolerate.’ It said the U.S. will face ‘merciless’ retaliation

Over the summer, North Korea warned that the film's release would be an ‘act of war that we will never tolerate.’ It said the U.S. will face ‘merciless’ retaliation

The federal suit alleges that emails and other information leaked by the hackers show that Sony's information-technology department and its top lawyer believed its security system was vulnerable to attack, but that company did not act on those warnings.   

The plaintiffs are asking for compensation for fixing credit reports, monitoring bank account and other costs as well as damages.

The suit was filed on Tuesday in U.S. district court in California seeks class-action status.

On Monday, Sony Pictures executives addressed staff at two separate meetings in a packed sound stage on the company's lot in Culver City, California, saying the studio would recover from the episode and that they should not worry about the studio's future. 

This week a lawyer representing warned news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company.

Attorney David Boies, a prominent lawyer hired by the company, demanded Sunday that Sony's 'stolen information' — publicly available on the internet by the gigabytes — should be returned or destroyed immediately because it contains privileged, private information.

Boies said the studio could sue for damages or financial losses related to Sony's intellectual property or trade secrets.

Sony 'does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the stolen information,' according to one letter sent to the Hollywood Reporter newspaper and obtained by the website Gawker, which also received a letter.

Guardians of Peace claim responsibility for Sony hack (related)

Boies hinted at legal action if organizations 'used or disseminated' the material 'in any manner.'

The New York Times also received a letter, the newspaper reported Sunday.

Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet said on the newspaper's website Monday that it was a 'disservice' to pretend the Sony documents weren't revealing and public. But he nonetheless said their newsworthiness didn't rise to the level of the Pentagon Papers or WikiLeaks affairs. Both resulted in disclosures of classified documents about U.S. government activity.

Boies did not immediately return emails requesting comment Monday.

Other highly sensitive material from the Sony hacking is being leaked almost daily, including exchanges between Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin and Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal that contained a frank assessment of Angelina Jolie's talent and racially offensive jokes about Obama's presumed taste in movies.

The leaks also included an early version of the screenplay for the new James Bond movie 'SPECTRE.'

The producers at Britain's EON productions said Saturday they are concerned that third parties who received the screenplay might seek to publish it, and they warned the material is subject to copyright protection around the world. 


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Kevin Hart calls out 'ignorant' Sony executives after emails referred to him as a 'whore' + Making racist remarks about President Obama and calling Angelina Jolie a 'spoiled brat'

  • In new emails released from the hacking of Sony, Amy Pascal calls Leonardo DiCaprio  'despicable' after he passes on her Steve Jobs film
  • Another email finds Tristar executive Tom Rothman blasting Willow and Jaden Smith after an interview they gave to the New York Times
  • There is also a positive exchange between Ryan Gosling's manager and Pascal, saying the actor loves the studio head
  • It is also revealed that Gosling may do the Ghostbusters remake with Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence 

New emails released Saturday in the Sony hack find Amy Pascal and another high-ranking executive inside the company blasting some major Hollywood players. 

Pascal and producer Mark Gordon trash Leonardo DiCaprio after the actor decided not to star in their Steve Jobs biopic Jobs in one email,  while another executive, Tom Rothman, blasts Jaden and Willow Smith for an interview the youngsters did with the New York Times.

In the exchange Pascal is sent a link by Tom Rothman, an executive at Tri-Star Productions, to a piece in which the Smith children claim they can control time and discuss 'Prana energy'.

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Attacking kids: Another executive trashed Jaden and Willow Smith (above) in an email to Pascal after a New York Times interview the two did 

Attacking kids: Another executive trashed Jaden and Willow Smith (above) in an email to Pascal after a New York Times interview the two did 

The two add that they find nothing of worth in all the music and fiction produced by other people, so write their own albums and novels for entertainment.

Poking fun at the surreal article, Rothman emails Pascal saying: '1. Read this. 2. they r home schooled: don’t let this family date your movies!!!'

In on portion of the piece, Jaden Smith, then 16, said: 'Honestly, we’re just trying to make music that we think is cool. We don’t think a lot of the music out there is that cool. So we make our own music.

'We don’t have any song that we like to listen to on the P.C.H. by any other artist, you know?'

Willow adds: 'That’s what I do with novels. There’re no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it’s the best thing.' 

Rothman's comments came despite the fact that Jaden Smith has starred in three Sony blockbuster films : The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Karate Kid and After Earth. 

There is a little bit of a silver lining to the new leak though, as one exchange reveals that one of the hottest, and handsomest, actors in Hollywood is a big fan of Pascal - Ryan Gosling.

Trashed: Amy Pascal labeled Leonardo DiCaprio (above) 'despicable' after he dropped out of the studio's Steve Jobs biopic

Trashed: Amy Pascal labeled Leonardo DiCaprio (above) 'despicable' after he dropped out of the studio's Steve Jobs biopic

These new email exchanges were released by The Daily Beast, and all involve Pascal.

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Not cool: Clint Culpepper (left) and Amy Pascal (center) exchanged emails in which Culpepper called Hart (right) a 'whore' for demanding money to promote one of his films on social media

Not cool: Clint Culpepper (left) and Amy Pascal (center) exchanged emails in which Culpepper called Hart (right) a 'whore' for demanding money to promote one of his films on social media

  • Kevin Hart has taken to social media to respond to negative comments made about him in emails released in the Sony hack
  • In one email exchange, Sony executive Clint Culpepper calls Hart a 'whore' after his team asked for money in exchange for Hart promoting a film
  • In another email producer Scott Rudin jokes that President Obama must love Hart's movies because both men are black
  • In his statement Hart says he will brush of their 'ignorance' and not be 'broken'
  • Hart, who starred in four feature films in 2014 alone, also discusses how hard he has worked for his brand, and how protective he is of it
  • This comes as Rudin and Sony Pictures Chair Amy Pascal have finally apologized for comments they made in these emails 

Kevin Hart was one of the celebrities who was mocked in leaked emails from Sony executives, and now the actor and comedian has taken to his social media to respond to the 'ignorant' comments made about him. 

In an email exchange released on Wednesday, Sony executive Clint Culpepper called Kevin Hart a 'whore' after members of his team asked that he be compensated for promoting one of his upcoming film's on social media.

Culpepper was emailing Sony Pictures Chair Amy Pascal at the time, who responded to his diatribe with a brief note implying she was aware of the situation.

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Speaking out: Kevin Hart (above) has responded to leaked emails in which he was attacked by Sony executives

Speaking out: Kevin Hart (above) has responded to leaked emails in which he was attacked by Sony executives

Not cool: Clint Culpepper (left) and Amy Pascal (center) exchanged emails in which Culpepper called Hart (right) a 'whore' for demanding money to promote one of his films on social media

Not cool: Clint Culpepper (left) and Amy Pascal (center) exchanged emails in which Culpepper called Hart (right) a 'whore' for demanding money to promote one of his films on social media

Last laugh: Hart then used social media to call out the executives, posting the above message to his Instagram

Last laugh: Hart then used social media to call out the executives, posting the above message to his Instagram

Hart, one of the hardest working actors in the business who starred in four feature films in 2014 alone, has now responded to the comments made about him on Instagram.

'Knowing your self worth is extremely important people,' he began his statement.

'I worked very hard to get where I am today. I look at myself as a brand and because of that I will never allow myself to be taking advantage of. 

'I OWN MY BRAND…I MAKE SMART DECISIONS FOR MY BRAND….I PROTECT MY BRAND….which is why I’m able to brush ignorance off of my shoulder and continue to move forward. 

'I refuse to be broken people…with that being said its now time for me to get back to building this empire that I’ve always dreamed of!!!'

Hart's next film, The Wedding Ringer, is a Sony picture. 

They're sorry: This comes as Pascal and Scott Rudin (above) have released apologies for the 'insensitive' comments they made in emails

They're sorry: This comes as Pascal and Scott Rudin (above) have released apologies for the 'insensitive' comments they made in emails

Doing fine: Hart (above with fiancee Eniko Parrish) starred in four films in 2014 alone, and his next film will be released by Sony

Doing fine: Hart (above with fiancee Eniko Parrish) starred in four films in 2014 alone, and his next film will be released by Sony

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along trailer
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  • Scott Rudin has apologized for emails he sent that made racist comments about President Obama and said negative things about Angelina Jolie
  • Sony Pictures Chair Amy Pascal also issued an apology, saying her comments were 'insensitive and inappropriate' 
  • Rudin and Pascal mocked President Obama in a series of emails that were released on Thursday 
  • The pair implied that the President only liked movies with black actors and subject matter - such as Django Unchained and 12 Years A Slave
  • Rudin is now saying that the comments were meant to be 'funny,' but he now realizes they are 'thoughtless and insensitive'  
  • This comes one day after Rudin was revealed to have called Angelina Jolie a 'minimally talented brat' in one email 

Hollywood film producer Scott Rudin has apologized for comments he made in some of the many emails he wrote that have been leaked over the past few days as a result of the Sony hack.

'Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,' said Rudin.

'I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive — and not funny at all. To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused.' 

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My bad: Scott Rudein (above) has apologized for comments he made in leaked emails about President Barack Obama and Angelina Jolie

My bad: Scott Rudein (above) has apologized for comments he made in leaked emails about President Barack Obama and Angelina Jolie

More emails: An email exchange between Amy Pascal (left) and Rudin (right) showed the two mocking the President's race

More emails: An email exchange between Amy Pascal (left) and Rudin (right) showed the two mocking the President's race

Bad timing: The emails were exchanged on the eve of a fundraiser attended by President Obama (above) at the home of DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg

The statement, released to Deadline, comes shortly after the most damning batch of emails were released, in which Rudin and Sony Pictures Chair Amy Pascal exchanged racist comments about President Barack Obama. 

Pascal also issued an apology on Thursday, saying; 'The content of my emails were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am.'

She then added, 'although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.'  

On the eve of a fundraising breakfast being attended by the President at the home of DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Pascal and Rudin went over things she could discuss with Obama while at the event in October 2013.

'Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?' Pascal asks Rudin, a reference to the 2012 Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained that dealt with the subject of slavery in the antebellum South.

'12 years,' responds Rudin, referencing another slavery film, this time Steve McQueen's 2013 Academy Award-winning work 12 Years a Slave, a very violent and brutal look at the injustice and abuse endured by the millions forced into slavery in America. 

The pair then keep going, listing as many current films starring black actors as they can name, including Lee Daniels' The Butler and two Kevin Hart movies, Think Like a Man and Ride Along.

'I bet he likes Kevin Hart,' says Rudin at one point. 

Racist response: Rudin suggests that Pascal maybe talk with the President about 12 Years a Slave (above)

Racist response: Rudin suggests that Pascal maybe talk with the President about 12 Years a Slave (above)

Not good: The email exchange also finds Rudin commenting that President Obama 'likes Kevin Hart'

Not good: The email exchange also finds Rudin commenting that President Obama 'likes Kevin Hart'

This all come just one day after Rudin called Angelina Jolie 'a minimally talented spoiled brat' in emails discussing who would direct her upcoming remake of the classic film flop Cleopatra. 

Jolie had wanted the director David Fincher to helm the project, while Rudin wanted to use him on a Steve Jobs biopic he was developing.

In the end, Fincher passed on both.  

Rudin previously gave a statement to the New York Times about the hack earlier this week.

'This is not about salacious emails being batted around by Gawker and Defamer,' the disgraced producer said on Wednesday.

'It’s about a criminal act, and the people behind it should be treated as nothing more nor less than criminals.' 

Burn: Rudin called Jolie (above with Pascal) a 'minimally talented spoiled brat' in one email

Burn: Rudin called Jolie (above with Pascal) a 'minimally talented spoiled brat' in one email

In demand: Jolie and Rudin both wanted to use David Fincher (above) on their film projects

In demand: Jolie and Rudin both wanted to use David Fincher (above) on their film projects

Angelina Jolie speaks out on perhaps moving into politics

In other leaked emails, these having to do with the Jobs biopic, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has some not so kind words for the man now set to star in the film, Michael Fassbender.

'I don't know who Michael Fassbender is and the rest of the world isn't going to care,' Sorkin tells Pascal when informed of the studio's desire to cast the actor, who also starred in 12 Years a Slave. 

One man who is clearly a fan of Fassbender however is producer Michael De Luca, who says of the Irish actor in one email, 'He just makes you feel bad to have normal-sized genitalia.'  

The emails formed part of the November 24 cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

As for the fundraising event, which took place last November, President Obama did indeed talk about the film industry, saying: 'Believe it or not, entertainment is part of our American diplomacy. 

'If they’re watching an old movie — Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,The Mary Tyler Moore Show, or Will and Grace and Modern Family — they’ve had a front-row seat to our march towards progress. Even if their own nations haven’t made that progress yet.'

According to public records, Pascal donated $5,000 to President Obama's re-election campaign and gave a further $30,800 to the Democtratic National Committee. 

Obama made no mention of the films Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Think Like a Man or Ride Along in his speech at the event. 

Response: Hart posted his response to the emails on Instagram Thursday

Also on Thursday, Kevin Hart took to his Instagram to respond to an email conversation between Pascal and Clint Culpepper in which he was called a 'greedy whore' for demanding more money to promote on of his films on social media. 

'Knowing your self worth is extremely important people,' wrote Hart.'I worked very hard to get where I am today. I look at myself as a brand and because of that I will never allow myself to be taking advantage of. I OWN MY BRAND…I MAKE SMART DECISIONS FOR MY BRAND….I PROTECT MY BRAND….which is why I’m able to brush ignorance off of my shoulder and continue to move forward.'

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Comment by Contonila Goodman on December 27, 2014 at 1:40pm

Police is killing black son`s & daughters,White Officers will set-up Black Officers moments their backs are turned or out of uniforms..and you are worried about Pyongyang ??????

Comment by Anthony on December 27, 2014 at 4:21am
Merry Xmas Drop and the rest of the CF Family.
Comment by AfricanGoddess on December 26, 2014 at 7:13am

I am not surprise...

Comment by Bombahdrop on December 25, 2014 at 8:58pm

@mr fix big up yo self lolz, Merry Christmas !!!! I know it can be a bit depressing for you around the holidays, but your son would want his dad to keep his head up and rejoice, for he is happy trust that. Be strong brother.

Comment by Bombahdrop on December 25, 2014 at 8:56pm

God Bless and Protect these Saints of today! May they have a Blessed Christmas and a much better 2015!

Comment by mr fix on December 25, 2014 at 6:31pm

I'm not surprise it's not North Korea not because not that they don't have the capability but nothing is what it seems only fools look (seeing is believing) to learn from the news. The news station are propaganda machine design to trick and control the week and the gullible.

Comment by Bombahdrop on December 23, 2014 at 8:53pm

I aint down with korea but these movie people need to consider others feelings, the crazy s*** is that its a corny movie created that's causing this controversy. another thing there are so many movies that I think they should never have come out with, not even worth your money to go watch it, just to come out hating the movie.

Comment by Bombahdrop on December 23, 2014 at 8:51pm

Its crazy yo.  All these offenses is what's got Nations Against Nation, if it aint that, its competition. Even that movie The Dictator, even if it was meant to be funny, it was offensive. and only because in this day and time people are serious and opinionated about everything especially the little things. Jokes are no longer Jokes. Comedians cant even make fun of s*** no mo because people to dam emotional and  sentimental, especially men. I say take that dumb movie down because it is offending and intimidating the Korean people.

Comment by evolution on December 23, 2014 at 4:15pm

Oprah is a she devil and she can go f*** herself….I have not respect for people like her.

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