Did North Korea Only Get Even With Sony?

The Headlines: • Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer system went totally dead on Monday (Nov 24). • The ‘Hacked By #GOP’ (Guardians of Peace) with red skull appeared on Sony’s dark computer screens. • Hackers warned Sony they found confidential corporate secrets which they could leak online. • Brad Pitt’s “Fury” and remake of “Annie” were leaked online along with three big Sony movies all dated for December release. • Classified data of Jonah Hill, Angeline Jolie and Cameron Diaz were among the hacked files. The Story Behind The Drama It all started in June. Sony provided the world a glimpse of its Dec 25, 2014 comedy treat “The Interview”. Right after, came North Korea’s reaction. The Koreans asked that the movie be shelved. Nobody listened. And in November, Sony’s expectations of fun rather went in a more crushing event. Sony’s computer systems were hacked and five of its big movies reserved for holiday showing were all downloaded right from Sony’s servers. Not good news for Sony but ironically, millions of people around the world are happy. So what happened? Does “The Interview” caused all the damages? The Movie Plot “The Interview” is a film of two American TV hosts played by Seth Rogen and James Franco. Because of their show’s extensive popularity, even North Korean leader King Jong Un became a fan. The TV network “Skylark Tonight” producers, however decided to take on a bigger bite by asking the duo to interview the North Korean leader in Pyongyang and further propel up the show. However, the CIA learned about the plan and recruited the two, not actually as journalists...

Sony Memory Stick technology and background

Sony are the only consumer goods manufacturer to have stuck with their own proprietary removable memory card. Their Memory Stick brand, introduced in 1998, actually covers a variety of different formats that have evolved as devices have changed, getting physically smaller but demanding more storage capacity. As with other memory card formats, the cards are made with solid state memory that retains the data once it’s removed from a device, so is used to backup data or transfer it to a PC. The term Memory Stick (MS) is a Sony trade mark for their memory cards and should not be confused with USB memory keys, or thumb sticks. They are often referred to as memory sticks but this is a generic term. Sony introduced their own format as a way of tying customers into their products, and are able to do this because they are strong in a breadth of consumer product markets where a method of transferring information such as pictures, videos, music and general computer files is required. MS cards are used directly in digital cameras, camcorders, mp3 players, Playstation game consoles and Sony Ericsson mobile phones. To enable the contents to be read by PCs, USB card readers can be used, or adapters that allow a Memory Stick to mimic another memory card format. These adapters for Memory Stick to PC Card or (CF) conversion are more expensive than those required for some other card formats as they need a controller chip to facilitate the translation. The table below gives a quick reference to the essentials of the different formats that have evolved. The original format...

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