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Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai calls Sony Pictures hack a "vicious cyber attack"

Michael Sawh


Kaz Hirai

Before getting into Sony's CES 2015 announcements, CEO Kazuo Hirai discussed the Sony Pictures hack and eventually getting the Interview out to the public online and in some cinemas

Sony's main man did not waste any time talking about the Sony Pictures hack where among other sensitive material, personal details of employees including some of Hollywood's biggest stars was leaked to the world in response to the controversial film where Seth Rogen and James Franco attempt to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jung-un.

While Hirai didn't make any indication who might have been responsible for the attack, he did state that Sony Picture Entertainment employees both former and current were, "victims of one of the most vicious and malicious cyber attacks we've known in recent history".

He went on to thank those who watched the movie as well as praising Sony Pictures employees and the partners they worked with who stood up to the criminals that attacked Sony Pictures.

Hirai also sent out a strong message to those responsible for trying to prevent the film from being shown saying, "I have to say that freedom of speech and freedom of discussion those are very important lifelines of Sony."

The Interview finally released on Christmas Eve last year and became the most downloaded film ever generating around £9.6m in just four days after it became available as digitally from the likes of YouTube, Google Play, Xbox Video and iTunes. Since then hundreds of private cinemas in the US have also shown the controversial film.

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