North Korean Threats Cancel “The Interview”?!

a976b2d15e73655872b85dd471be6f3d6764fac0This has to be a first–I’ve never seen something like this before.

I’m about a day behind on news, so today when I checked my Feedly, I discovered this article about the upcoming comedy “The Interview.”

Basically, from what I can tell, some people (unknown parties) issued a threat against any theater showing The Interview, which was due to arrive in theaters next week. The Department of Homeland Security determined that it wasn’t a credible threat, so Sony proceeded with its plans to release the movie as scheduled.

Then the bottom dropped out when all major theater chains in the US announced that they wouldn’t be carrying the movie. For for all intents and purposes, the movie is canceled.

Now, if this was a tiny indie film, we may not even have heard about this. But The Interview is a big-budget movie–as far as I can tell, it was going to be the biggest comedy release this holiday season. It just happened to be about assassinating the president of a country (in this case, North Korea), a poor choice for a film.

The craziest thing about all this is that it appears that this terrorist threat isn’t the work of some lone, mischievous hacker, but rather the work of North Korea! According to CNN, the North Korea has a cyber-attack unit called Bureau 121, and they used that unit to hack into Sony and make this threat.

Now, just because you have hackers doesn’t mean you have the capabilities (or willingness) to attack the US. Regardless, if this can truly be traced back to North Korea–and correct me if I’m misinterpreting this–didn’t they just issue a major terrorist threat to the US? If so, how will we respond?

This is sheer craziness. I have a feeling this isn’t over. What do you think will happen?