Seth Rogen doesn’t believe North Korea was behind the infamous Sony hack of 2014.
The actor, whose comedy The Interview was at the center of the maelstrom, has come to the conclusion that North Korea simply didn’t have the means to pull off a hack of that magnitude.
“The truth is, I don’t think North Korea hacked Sony,” Rogen said in a recent interview with The Daily Beast. “They don’t give a sh*t, and everything is a façade there. The notion that they have the capacity to do it is a façade. The more time I get from it, the more it doesn’t seem like what the consensus was at the time is what actually happened.”
The US government believed North Korea was behind the hack, which leaked large amounts of personal information about Sony Pictures employees, alongside private emails, unreleased films and more in November 2014. Skepticism around this belief has been healthy among cyber-security experts, and these days Rogen is most angry at the media who publicized the leaked information.
“If I was someone who was going to hack someone, what I would have learned from that is the media is going to take the side of the hackers, not the victims,” he said. “They seem to take the stolen information and disseminate it as much as humanly possible, rather than protect the people who are victims of a crime. You’ve got to think: Are you doing the exact thing that the criminals hope you do, or are you doing the thing that would behoove the victims of this crime? And the answer was that the media one-hundred percent did the thing that the criminals wanted them to do, and nothing that behooved the victims of the crime in any way, shape or form.”
Rogen and James Franco’s film The Interview was targeted by the hackers, who threatened terrorist action if Sony screened it in theaters. As major theater chains opted out, Sony pulled its wide release on December 25, but granted a slew of independent chains permission to screen the film to no consequence.
Lucy O’Brien is Games & Entertainment Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. Follow her on Twitter.