'The Interview' star wants everyone to stop talking about the sensitive information hackers stole from Sony Pictures' computers.
Individuals who call themselves the “Guardians of Peace” recently hacked into Sony Pictures’ computers and published the studio’s confidential emails, employee wages and upcoming film details all over the internet. Security officials and sources from the studio have voiced their suspicion that North Korea was behind the attack, as their government threatened “merciless retaliation” against the United States over Sony’s upcoming Seth Rogen comedy The Interview. During a recent appearance on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show, Rogen blamed the media for playing into the hands of the hackers and asked listeners to stop talking about Sony’s sensitive information.
The attack on Sony Pictures’ computers locked employees out of the system, forcing them to resort to using pen and paper to do their jobs. Earlier this year, North Korea warned Sony that such an attack should be expected if the studio continued plans to release The Interview, a comedy about a pair of American journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.
Since the studio’s sensitive information started to be leaked online last week, the media has quickly searched for stories they could pull together from the private data and occasionally scandalous emails. When Howard Stern asked Rogen for his thoughts on the controversial matter, the comedian unleashed an attack of his own on the hackers and on anyone who supports their crime by distributing the illegally-obtained material.
“It’s stolen information. I think it’s f—ed up that anyone is talking about it,” said Rogen. “I do think it’s f—ed up how everyone is doing exactly what these criminals want.”
Rogen and his The Interview co-star James Franco had their salaries for the film leaked to the public, which revealed that Rogen earned nearly $2 million more than Franco for the film. He quickly clarified that the difference was because he co-wrote, directed and produced the film, Rogen was upset that the press is even talking about his salary in the first place.
“The fact that I’m talking about (my compensation) is f—ing weird,” he said. “I’m okay talking about my s–t, honestly, because I don’t f—ing care that much, and the stuff that was stolen from me, on the grand scale of s–t, is not that bad, but it’s f—ing stolen.”
“It’s stolen information that media outlets are directly profiting from. I can’t believe people are just so happy be like, ‘Look at this stolen information. Hey, let’s f—ing read it.”
Rogen made sure during the radio interview with Stern not to directly accuse North Korea of being behind the cyberattack as a result of their unanswered threats against his upcoming film, but he admitted that he has his suspicions.
“One day I’m like, ‘It’s f—ing for sure them,’ and the next day I’m like, ‘There’s no way it’s them. It seems too, I don’t know, savvy, or something like that, of Hollywood politics. It could be anyone. It could just be a hacker group.”