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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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Sony Launches its Noice-cancelling Headphones in India

The device comes with touch control and lets users to swipe the touchpad on the right earcup to play, pause, go back, skip songs and adjust the volume

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Sony India on Monday launched its noise-cancelling headphones, WH-XB900N, in India, priced at Rs 16,990.

The headphones would be available in all Sony Centers and major electronic stores.

The device comes with touch control and lets users to swipe the touchpad on the right earcup to play, pause, go back, skip songs and adjust the volume.

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With built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, users can use voice control to play their favourite tunes, change the volume and enjoy hands-free, the company said in a statement.

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Its battery lasts for up to 30 hours (depending on music settings) and is rechargeable via USB. The headphones come with quick charge function that provides up to one hour of wireless playback after just ten minutes of charging, claimed Sony. (IANS)