Photo: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images Mounting evidence has investigators wondering if North Korean hackers are the computer criminals behind Sony Pictures Entertainment’s cyber-security mishap , which occurred last week. The Wall Street Journal reports that people briefed on the investigation — which include the FBI, Sony, and an IT security company — said the hackers used tools and code eerily similar to those used in March 2013 against South Korean broadcasters and banks. South Korea’s government blamed the attack, known as “Dark Seoul,” on North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, a beefed-up intelligence agency. WSJ added that this month the studio is releasing The Interview , James Franco and Seth Rogen’s comedy about talk-show hosts charged with assassinating the communist country’s leader, Kim Jong-un. (North Korean government officials have threatened the U.S. if it encourages the film’s release and distribution.) A source at Sony, however, told the paper that … [Read more...] about Is North Korea Behind the Sony Pictures Hackings?
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Photo: Francois Duhamel/? 2013 Annapurna Productions LLC All Rights Reserved. News outlets continue to sift through the trove of documents that they received as a result of the Sony hack that brought the studio giant to its knees . One document in particular reveals the studio’s “ultimates,” which is an industry term for the amount of money a studio ultimately makes once its theatrical run and other secondary streams of profit have been totaled. To that end, The Hollywood Reporter writes that This Is the End earned $50 million in profits, Grown Ups 2 $48 million, Captain Phillips $39 million, American Hustle $27 million, One Direction: This Is Us $18 million, Elysium $18 million, and Monuments Men $10 million. The document was apparently an effort to trumpet cost-cutting measures the studio tried to take. “Currently, approximately $1B in production spending can be expected to deliver $500M-$600M in profits,” the letter says. “Through his … [Read more...] about Sony Hack Reveals 2013 Studio Profits