Due to threats presented on the internet by what is assumed to be North Korean hackers, the Sony Pictures film “The Interview” has been cancelled. A statement by Sony said: “We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.” Brad Reifler, a major player in free enterprise and a foreign policy enthusiast cannot believe that a movie could have this much impact.
This batch of virtual attacks is another in a long string against Sony Pictures. Though this time they are coupled with the threat of physical violence towards moviegoers. The question remains as to whether North Korea has the capabilities to strike virtually or physically at all.