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Sony backs down on 'The Interview' in wake of threats




U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea was centrally involved in the recent attack on Sony Pictures' computer network — possibly out of retribution for its film <em>The Interview</em>. Above, a security guard stands outside a theater during the film's premiere in Los Angeles last week.
U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea was centrally involved in the recent attack on Sony Pictures' computer network — possibly out of retribution for its film The Interview. Above, a security guard stands outside a theater during the film's premiere in Los Angeles last week.
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Sony Pictures announced Wednesday it would pull the film, "The Interview," from theaters after hackers who go by the name Guardians of Peace threatened movie goers. 

This came after all the major theatre chains dropped it, and reports crossed later in the afternoon that North Korea may indeed be involved in the hacking in some fashion. 

​Was this an act of terrorism? Michael Orosz is with the USC Information Science Institute and also does research for the school's counter terrorism center, and he weighs in.