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WikiLeaks reveals the true story behind Sony, North Korea and The Interview

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

WikiLeaks placed thousands of emails and documents from last year’s devastating cyber attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) into a searchable online archive.

The database contains more than 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures and a subsidiary, plus more than 30,000 other documents. The archives also throw light on how North Korea hacks Sony and steals lots of innocent people’s communications, and how WikiLeaks is determined to go ahead and make them searchable.

However, after the crippling cyber attack against SPE, the White House asserted in November 2014 that North Korea’s intelligence services had obtained and distributed a version of the archive in revenge for SPE’s pending release of The Interview, a movie centered on the assassination of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

The whistleblower organization stated in its press release published on April 16th, 2015, that the Sony archives offer a rare insight into the inner workings of a large, secretive multinational corporation in fully searchable format on WikiLeaks. The Archives illustrate that Sony is an influential corporation, which has ties with the White House, and also has ability to impact laws and policies. The archives also show that Sony has connections to the US military-industrial complex.

The published emails give details on Sony being a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and the emails also assert that Sony is a strong lobbyist on issues around internet policy, piracy, trade agreements and copyright issues. The emails also explain the back and forth on lobbying and political efforts, not just with the MPAA but with politicians directly.

“This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there,” said Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.

On the other hand, Sony strongly condemned WikiLeaks’ release of the searchable archive. “The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures was a malicious criminal act, and we strongly condemn the indexing of stolen employee and other private and privileged information on WikiLeaks,” the company said in a statement. It also stated that they “vehemently disagree with WikiLeaks’ assertion that this material belongs in the public domain and will continue to fight for the safety, security and privacy of our company.”

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Samsung Wants to be World’s No. 1 Camera Sensor Maker

Samsung seeks to catch up with Sony in image sensor market

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Samsung: Galaxy Note 9 to have Bixby 2.0
Samsung: Galaxy Note 9 to have Bixby 2.0, Pixabay

Samsung Electronics Co. is seeking to narrow its gap with Japanese rival Sony Corp. in the global image sensor market, industry watchers said on Thursday, as the segment is set to post sharp growth down the road on rising demand from smartphones and security solutions.

Industry tracker IC Insights estimated the annual sales of a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor at $13.7 billion in 2018 — up 10 per cent from a year earlier.

The figure is anticipated to reach a whopping $19 billion in 2022, Yonhap news agency reported.

Samsung Wants to be World's No. 1 Camera Sensor Maker.
Samsung Mobile, Wikimedia commons

“CMOS designs keep improving for a variety of light levels, high-speed imaging and greater resolution as well as integrating more functions for specific applications, such as security video cameras, machine vision in robots and cars, human recognition, hand-gesture interfaces, virtual-augmented reality, and medical systems,” IC Insights was quoted as saying.

“In new smartphones, CMOS image sensors are also seeing a new wave of growth with the increase of dual-lens camera systems for enhanced photography,” the tracker added.

Sony and Samsung currently lead the global market for CMOS image sensors, with the Japanese rival holding a slight edge.

In 2016, Sony and Samsung took up 25.6 per cent and 22.6 per cent of the market, respectively.

The two companies held 28.3 per cent and 25.4 per cent, respectively, last year.

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SK hynix Inc., Samsung’s another South Korean rival, accounted for roughly eight to nine per cent over the cited period.

Industry watchers, however, claimed that Sony takes up 50 per cent of the market in terms of sales, hovering far above Samsung’s 20 per cent.

Samsung launched its image sensor brand named ISOCELL in June last year, in an apparent bid to catch up to Sony’s Exmor products. (IANS)

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