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Cyber expert warns of 'copycats' after Sony threats

The decision by Sony to not release controversial comedy film The Interview is concerning some cyber experts, who believe it could send out the wrong message.

Caroline Baylon, a computer expert at Chatham House, told ITV News: "We don't want other countries or groups to be looking at this and seeing, 'OK, if we launch a very successful cyber attack on a company we can actually cause films to be pulled, we can affect freedom of speech'."

Texas cinema shows Team America in place of The Interview

From the film Team America: World Police Credit: PA

A cinema in Texas has responded to the cancellation of The Interview by showing another movie that pokes fun at North Korea in its place.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's branch in Dallas plans to show a free screening of Team America: World Police, the 2004 satirical comedy co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Staff will also hand out American flags and other patriotic items to cinemagoers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win...well, that's your prerogative," the cinema posted on its website.


Sony share price jumps after pulling The Interview

Sony Pictures has cancelled the release of comedy The Interview on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader Credit: Reuters

Sony's shares closed 4.8 percent higher in Tokyo today - outperforming the 2.3 percent gain on the Nikkei benchmark index.

Investors said it was hoped that pulling The Interview would help to bring an end to the studio's current crisis.

"By not releasing the movie, they won't be hacked again. Investors think that from here on, further damage probably won't be done," said Makoto Kikuchi, CEO of Myojo Asset Management. "Whether that justifies a 5 percent jump in Sony's stock, I'm not so sure."

Before The Interview was cancelled, Sony is estimated to have lost $84.41 million (£54.2 million) from leaks of its other current releases, such as Fury and Annie.

Warning: 'America has lost its first cyber war'

A senior politician has hit back at Sony's decision to pull its comedy The Interview after hackers threatened those who went to see it.

Newt Gingrich, a former Republican House of Representatives speaker, warned that it set a dangerous precedent, adding: "America has lost its first cyber war."

Meanwhile, fans showed their support for the cancelled movie, about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Texas cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse said at least one of its theatres would be screeningTeam America: World Police, in which a US secret agent squad foil a terrorist plot by late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, in a show of solidarity.

Mobile networks to invest £5bn to boost signal across UK

A £5 billion deal to improve mobile phone coverage in UK 'not-spots' has been struck between the government and all four mobile phone firms.

The binding agreement will force EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to boost signal in areas which currently have partial coverage from some, but not all, of the networks.

The deal means voice and text coverage will be guaranteed across 90 per cent of the UK by 2017 Credit: PA

The companies have agreed to collectively invest the £5bn to improve infrastructure by 2017, and to guarantee voice and text coverage from all operators in 90 per cent of areas across the UK.

Full coverage - including mobile internet access - will also increase from 69 per cent to 85 per cent in the same timeframe.

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said no government cash would be spent on the deal, which will be enforced by Ofcom.


US 'weighing potential response' to Sony cyber attack

The US government is considering a range of options "in weighing a potential response" to the recent cyber attack on Sony's film division, the White House National Security Council has said.

A statement from the council said the FBI is now leading the investigation into the attacks, and is working to bring those behind it to justice.

FBI warning of more cyber attacks over The Interview

The FBI has released a warning to other businesses and theatres associated with as-yet unreleased comedy film The Interview could be targeted in cyber attacks.

A private document reportedly states that "anyone associated with the production, distribution and promotion" of the film "could possibly become the target of cyber attacks."

Sony cyber attack was 'state-sponsored by North Korea'

A cyber attack on Sony's film division was a "state-sponsored" attack by North Korea, Reuters news agency has reported, citing US government sources.

Officials say the White House was debating whether to publicly announce the findings by federal investigators.

The Interview stars James Franco and Seth Rogen Credit: Reuters

It comes after the company announced it was cancelling the theatrical release of comedy The Interview, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, after hackers threatened a "bitter fate" for anyone who went to see the film.

A string of major US movie theatre chains pulled out of showing the film in the wake of the threats.

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