How The SONY Hacking Amounts To The Death Of Free Speech
I haven't paid too much attention to the SONY hacking because the mainstream media portrayed it as just a private email leak similar to that of celeb nude photos being leaked online. NDB, right? Wrong. This is far more malicious than a simple leak and much scarier.
Seth Rogan and James Franco's new comedy. 'The Interview' depicts two guys who try to assassinate Kim Jong Un, North Korea's current dictator. When said dictator got wind of this he demanded that Sony not release the movie. They ignored him. Then the hacking happened. Then Sony pulled the release of the movie. Kim Jong Un said jump and we said "How high?". A foreign dictator used tactics that he normally uses to oppress his own people and somehow it worked on us. Fear is a far more formidable weapon than guns and George Clooney has now started a petition which should alert us all as to the true depth of an attack like this.
On November 24 of this year, Sony Pictures was notified that it was the victim of a cyber attack, the effects of which is the most chilling and devastating of any cyber attack in the history of our country.
Personal information including Social Security numbers, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and the full texts of emails of tens of thousands of Sony employees was leaked online in an effort to scare and terrorize these workers.
The hackers have made both demands and threats. The demand that Sony halt the release of its upcoming comedy The Interview, a satirical film about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Their threats vary from personal—you better behave wisely—to threatening physical harm—not only you but your family is in danger.
North Korea has not claimed credit for the attack but has praised the act, calling it a righteous deed and promising merciless measures if the film is released.
Meanwhile the hackers insist in their statement that what they've done so far is only a small part of our further plan.
This is not just an attack on Sony. It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country. That is why we fully support Sony's decision not to submit to these hackers' demands.
We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty. We hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear. We will stand together.
We've always been worried about being bombed and physically attacked by other countries like what happened on 9/11, but there is another loss that could be greater than the loss of life. Try the loss of freedom. If we can be bullied to shelf a movie because a foreign dictator doesn't like it, then what else can we be bullied into? The cyber gauntlet has been thrown and the U.S. just lost the first battle.