Sony Hack Timeline: A Look at What Happened Before and Since the Cyberattack
The list of information being released by the Sony hackers known as Guardians of Peace just keep coming. Let’s take a look at the events that went on from the start of the hack.
June 25, 2014
North Korean government asked the UN to block the movie, “The Interview,” from being released. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called the film as “the most blatant act of terrorism and an act of war that we will never tolerate.”
Aug. 6, 2014
Sony chairman together with co-chairman Amy Pascal ask “The Interview’s” director Seth Rogen to delete the scene where the North Korean leader’s head is blown up. Rogen resisted the demand, saying, “This is now a story of Americans changing their movie to make North Koreans happy.”
Sept. 25, 2014
Amy Pascal received an email from Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai on his concerns about the death scene in the film. Sony also received reports that their network security were not properly monitored and reported.
Nov. 21, 2014
Amy Pascal and Lynton received an email signed by “God’s Apstls” demanding money from the execs.
Nov. 24, 2014
A typical oh-no-it’s-Monday-again is what employees typically think of when they go to their desks and turn their computers on. But what made this Monday morning extra special for employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s headquarters in Culver City is that they were greeted by an image of a grinning skull on their computer screen.
The skull is accompanied by a message, saying, “We’ve already warned you, and this is just a beginning.” The hackers continue, “We continue till our request be met. We’ve obtained all your internal data including your secrets and top secrets.” They’ve also made a threat to release all the data they’ve gathered until their requests are met.
Nov. 27, 2014
Five Sony movies, four of which have not yet been released, were leaked online: “Fury,” “Annie,” “Mr. Turner,” “To Write Love on Her Arms” and “Still Alice.” “Fury” was already shown in theaters, but it experienced massive flop in the number of moviegoers after a copy of the movie was leaked on the Internet, garnering more than one million downloads.
Dec. 1, 2014
Information regarding the salaries and bonuses of the top 17 Sony executives, including that of 6,000 current and former Sony employees were leaked to the media. Sony asks for assistance from the FBI and hires a cyber-security firm.
Dec. 3, 2014
Files containing information about the passports and visas of staff and cast of people who have worked on Sony Films, including Jonah Hill and Angelina Jolie, were released. The files also included information about film budgets and confidential information such as contracts and user names and passwords.
Dec. 5, 2014
Sony employees receive a threat from the hackers, telling them to sign a statement against the company, or the hackers will hurt them or their families if they don’t.
Dec. 7, 2014
North Korea denies any involvement in the hack, although they called the act as a “righteous deed.”
Dec. 9, 2014
Amy Pascal’s emails were released including a number of embarrassing email exchanges with producer Scott Rudin, who called Angelina Jolie a “spoiled brat.”
Dec. 10, 2014
An email from Rudin, which contained racist comments about President Obama’s taste in movies, was released.
Dec. 11, 2014
Rudin apologizes for his behavior and said, “Even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,” and ended the statement with “To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry and I regret and apologize for any injury that might have caused.”
On the same day, the premiere of “The Interview” was held at the Ace’s Hotel Theater in Los Angeles without any hitch.
Dec. 13, 2014
Sony hackers release its seventh batch of leaked information and vowed to give a “Christmas gift.”
Dec. 14, 2014
The screenplay for the Bond film “Spectre” was released. The producers issued a statement on their website claiming that they “will take all necessary steps to protect their rights.”
On the same day, Sony’s lawyer David Boies sends a letter to media demanding that all leaked information be deleted.
Dec. 16, 2014
A threatening email was sent to reporters by the hackers, saying that they will attack movie theaters that will air “The Interview.” The hackers mentioned the attack will be reminiscent of the 9/11 attack.
Seth Rogen and James Franco cancel all media appearances in light of the threat, although Sony confirmed that “The Interview” will still be shown on Dec. 25, 2014.
On the same day, the Guardians of Peace make good of their word on a Christmas gift as emails of Sony Pictures’ co-chairman Michael Lynton are leaked.
New York premiere of “The Interview” was cancelled.
Dec. 17, 2014
Sony Pictures decided not to push through with the release of “The Interview” on Christmas day after a decision was made by majority of the exhibitors of the film. Sony pulled out all TV advertisements of the film after their statement was made.
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