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Norse Wins $1.9 Million Department of Energy Contract
Nov 7 14
Norse Corp. was named the sole recipient of a U.S. Department of Energy contract that will have the company protecting critical infrastructure within the United States. The contract will last two years and is worth $1.9 million. Specifically, Norse will work to provide services for the government's Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP), a risk scoring system used by the DOE to confirm threats to energy-related critical infrastructure outlined in Presidential Policy Directive 21 and Executive Order 13636.
Brian has published two books including Enemy at the Water Cooler—Real-Life Stories of Insider Threats and Physical and Logical Security Convergence, which he co-authored with former NSA Deputy Director William Crowell.
Look, in 1976, North Korean soldiers crossed the demarcation line at Panmunjon, killed two Americans with axes, and we didn't go to war.
In 2010, the North Koreans sank a South Korean ship, killing dozens of South Korean sailors, we didn't go to war.
In 2010 when they shelled Yeonpyong island and killed South Koreans, we didn't go to war.
We're going to go to war because they hacked a movie production company? I mean, you know, let's have a little bit of perspective about it.
That being said, this has created a kind of perfect storm of a real threat with cyberattacks, with implications in terms of what else might happen.
That's a long time to make this level of movie considering it apparently took only two months to film it.
Rogen and Goldberg developed the idea for The Interview in the late 2000s, joking about what would happen if a journalist was required to assassinate a world leader. They picked North Korea leader Kim Jong-il, but put the project on hold upon when Jong-il died and his son Kim Jong-un assumed power in 2011. Development resumed when Rogen and Goldberg realized that Jong-un is closer to their own age, which they felt would be funnier.
Principal photography began on October 10, 2013, in Vancouver, and concluded on December 20, 2013
On June 20, 2014, Kim Myong-chol, an unofficial spokesman for the North Korean government, said The Interview "shows the desperation of the US government and American society ... a film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine." On June 25, 2014, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state-run news agency of North Korea, reported that the government promised "stern" and "merciless" retaliation if the film were released, stating that "making and releasing a film that portrays an attack on our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated". The British newspaper The Guardian wrote that the film premise "touched a nerve inside the regime, which takes a dim view of satirical treatment of its leaders and is notoriously paranoid about perceived threats to their safety" and that North Korea had a "long history of sabre-rattling and of issuing harsh threats that it does not act upon."
On July 11, 2014, North Korea's United Nations ambassador Ja Song-nam condemned The Interview, saying that "the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war". The Guardian remarked that his comments were "all perfect publicity for the movie". On July 17, 2014, the KCNA wrote to U.S. president Barack Obama, asking to have the film pulled.
Rogen predicted that the film would make its way to North Korea, stating that "we were told one of the reasons they're so against the movie is that they're afraid it'll actually get into North Korea. They do have bootlegs and stuff. Maybe the tapes will make their way to North Korea and cause a revolution." Fighters for a Free North Korea and Human Rights Foundation—both human rights organizations—have plans to get DVD copies of The Interview across the border and into North Korea via balloon drops. Airdrops by these organizations have previously included offline copies of the Korean Wikipedia on a bootable USB memory device.
Nothing funny about 'The Interview'
By David Rogers
12/28/14 8:45 AM EST
Just when did assassination become a subject for American humor? This is a nation that still mourns Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy and Martin Luther King — all assassinated. It is living through a period of renewed racial violence in which young black men have been killed by police and two New York City officers were assassinated in the past week.
But on Christmas Day no less, the big new movie release — “The Interview” — is a lampoon built around a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea.
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