While the media is concerning itself with the Ferguson affair and Eric Garner situation and CIA hearings Sony Pictures studios have been hacked into and the personal information of over 40,000 employees past and present has been released to the public. Such information as personal social security numbers, e-mails, salaries of actors and executives, phone numbers of actors and personal health information of their children. Also threats have been made by these hackers, who call themselves Guardians of Peace to the studios. Much of this has proven to be very embarrassing for everyone and has them scared to death with all their personal information out there. In one e-mail Producer Scott Rudin called Angeline Jolie “a minimally talented spoiled brat from Crazyland.” which got her to demand an apology.
The hackers have said that no one will be able to find them and they will release new information every few days. Investigators have found that the hackers went thru several servors located throughout the world in such places as Thailand, Bosnia, Hungary and a few other countries.
Another document leaked in the hack is a spreadsheet from a human resources folder on Sony’s servers that includes the birth dates, gender, health condition and medical costs for 34 Sony employees, their spouses and children who had very high medical bills. The conditions listed include premature births, cancer, kidney failure and alcoholic liver cirrhosis. The document doesn’t include employees’ names.
A Sony spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The health documents are part of a devastating computer attack on the company’s Culver City, California-based unit Sony Pictures that sent thousands of files circling the Web between various file-sharing sites used by hackers. The information revealed has included the salaries of thousands of employees and e-mails taking shots at President Barack Obama and at Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie. The release of the health information could be some of the most damaging material, said Deborah Peel, director ofPatient Privacy Rights, a non-profit group.
The media is covering these e-mail releases as a scandal calling it an e-mail scandal with racist overtones and no mention of the hacker release.: In an email exchange, which was part of documents that have been posted after a massive Sony hack, discussed how Sony Co-chair Amy Pascal should handle a meeting with President Obama at a JeffreyKatzenberg-hosted fundraiser in November 2013. Pascal and Rudin appeared to mock movies featuring black casts and gauge the president’s possible interest in them.
Pascal:”What should I ask the President at this stupid Jeffrey breakfast?” That’s a referral to Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“Would he like to finance some movies?” Rudin wrote, referring to the president. Pascal wrote back, “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” Rudin responded with “12 YEARS,” and Pascal volleyed back by listing other films starring African-Americans: “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic].” Rudin suggested that the president might especially like comedian Kevin Hart.
“The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am,” Pascal said in a statement.
“Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended,” she said.
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd promised to show Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal’s husband, Bernard Weinraub, — a former Times reporter — a version of a column featuring Pascal before publication.
The end result was a column that painted Pascal in such a good light that she engaged in a round of mutual adulation with Dowd over email after its publication. It also scored Pascal points back at the studio, with Sony’s then-communications-chief calling the column “impressive.”
Dowd, Pascal, and Weinraub are friendly, the emails show — Dowd would send Pascal links to New York Times stories and bought birthday presents for Pascal and Weinraub’s teenage son.
This whole Sony hacking situation started when SONY was planning a comedy movie with Seth Rogen and James Franco on the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jung UN. North Korea immediately went in an uproar and opposed it. It is suspected that North Korean hackers are behind this. The hackers are demanding that the film be removed or they will keep relasing more sensitive documents. North Korea denies it is behind this,but said they support what the hackers are doing. Another suspicion is that it could be some former disgruntled employees who were let go. In the meantime more and more sensitive documents are being released every few days.
So where is Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. in all this? The only place I’ve seen coverage is on Drudge. In the meantime check out the trailer for the movie below .It does look pretty funny. 😀
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