Did Japan Hack Sony Over Unbroken Movie?
Japanese nationalists infuriated at the movie Unbroken may be behind a massive hack of Sony’s computer system, according to a new theory.
The official theory about who’s behind the Sony hacking blames North Koreans, who are angered about a soon-to-be-released Seth Rogen movie that shows their leader Kim Jong Un being assassinated.
However, Unbroken, set for release in U.S. theaters on December 25, tells the true story of American Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who endures torture at a Japanese World War II prisoner-of-war camp. The movie’s trailer has sparked outrage among Japanese on social media, and several officials have even criticized it.
The film’s release comes amidst a growing sense of nationalism in Japan. In the face of growing tensions with neighboring China and North Korea, the country amended its post-WWII constitution last week to allow for military action. Japan has historically tried to downplay atrocities it committed during the Second World War, such as the Rape of Nanking, and the use of Korean “comfort women.”
One of the main scandals behind the hacking involves Unbroken director Angelina Jolie. Top Sony execs Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin were exposed as talking bad about her in leaked emails.
A picture taken shortly after the leaked email scandal broke shows an icy Jolie meeting with Pascal. Now Jolie has suddenly come down with chickenpox and will not attend any promotion for the film, potentially damaging publicity; Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, is reportedly fighting to keep her job.
Several theories about the hacking have said that it had to have someone working on the inside to help the hackers.
The alternative theory alleges that the hackers were not North Koreans but Japanese nationalists, working in tandem with sympathetic or like-minded people at Sony, who wanted to sabotage the film and Pascal, who got the film to be made.