Monthly Archives: December 2014

After a hacker group attacked Sony Pictures and revealed all of its internal communications and information, US security agencies are now investigating their new threat against people who would watch the film “The Interview.”

According to the hackers, anyone who would watch the controversial comedy regarding the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un would face a “bitter fate.” They also warned that people living near cinemas showing the film must leave their homes.

According to the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS):  “At this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theatres within the United States.”

NYPD’s Top Counterterrorism official John Miller said “Having read through the threat material myself, it’s actually not crystal clear whether it’s a cyber-response that they are threatening or whether it’s a physical attack.

“That’s why we’re continuing to evaluate the language of it, and also the source of it. I think our primary posture is going to be is going to have a police presence and a response capability that will reassure people who may have heard about this and have concerns.”

The hacker group calling themselves ‘Guardians of Peace’ had published Sony Pictures’s emails in a public domain. Sony is the main publisher of the film.

North Korean denied any involvement in the attack but had praised the efforts of the supporters.


The Egyptian High Court had sentenced 185 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for attacking a police station in Cairo last year. Twelve policemen had been killed in the skirmish.

The Kerdasa police station was attacked on August 14, 2013 after Egyptian security forces cleared protest camps in Kairo. The security forces had killed hundreds of protesters in the most brutal crackdown in the country’s history.

More than 151 supporters are still in custody and many others were tried in absentia.

The sentence is still preliminary and is subject to a series of appeals. The top religious authority of Egypt is also subject to approve the sentence.

Meanwhile, Egyptian President and former Military head Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, had curbed some freedoms won during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. However, Egyptian citizens are willing to tolerate the curbs believing them as necessary to restore stability and growth into Egypt’s poor economic performance due to the uprising against ousted President Mohammed Morsy.

No supporter has been executed so far.