Sony hack: The movie

Sony hack: The movie
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The major cyberattack on Sony Pictures that laid bare back-room Hollywood sniping, froze U.S.-North Korean relations and even moved cybersecurity policy forward on Capitol Hill is getting its first film treatment from two Oscar-nominated documentary makers.

Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, best known for their documentary "The Square" about the Egyptian uprising, are turning their lens to the Sony hack, which grabbed headlines late last year across major news outlets and tabloids alike.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the feature-length film was in the works.

The movie is expected to contain more gossipy nuggets and explore the proliferation of alternate theories of who was behind the digital hit.

The White House blamed North Korea for orchestrating the cyber assault as retaliation for Sony’s film “The Interview,” which depicted the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

But myriad security specialists have continued to proffer theories that pin the attack on Sony insiders, cyber criminals or some combination thereof.

Apparently Noujaim and Amer had already been working on a story about the precipitous rise of cyberattacks across the globe when news of the Sony hack broke.

Fallout from the cyberattack, which wiped the film studio’s computer network and nearly caused “The Interview” to get canned, heightened focus on cyber policy from both the Obama administration and lawmakers in early 2015.

The White House has pressed Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation and signed several executive orders that encourage the public-private sharing of data on hackers and give the Treasury Department more authority to levy economic sanctions on foreign actors for hacking.

On Capitol Hill, the House passed two complementary bills in April that would shield companies from legal liability when sharing cyber threat data with the government. The Senate is expected to take up its companion measure in the coming months.