UPDATE 2-Sony CEO sees no vital financial impact from cyber attack

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(Recasts with income total for “The Interview,” adds
background)

By Ritsuko Ando

LAS VEGAS Jan 6 (Reuters) – Sony Corp Chief
Executive Kazuo Hirai on Tuesday pronounced he does not design the
November cyber conflict on a company’s film studio to have a
significant financial impact, dual weeks after a studio rolled
out a film during a heart of a attack.

The studio, Sony Pictures Entertainment, pronounced separately
that a film, “The Interview,” has generated income of $36
million.

Hirai told reporters during a Consumer Electronics Show in Las
Vegas that he had sealed off on all vital decisions by the
company in response to a attack, that a U.S. supervision has
blamed on North Korea.

Sony’s network was crippled by hackers as a company
prepared to recover “The Interview,” a comedy about a fictional
plot to murder North Korean personality Kim Jong Un. The attack
was followed by online leaks of unreleased cinema and emails
that caused annoyance to executives.

“We are still reviewing a effects of a cyber attack,”
Hirai told reporters. “However, we do not see it as something
that will means a element shake on Sony Pictures business
operations, basically, in terms of formula for a current
fiscal year.”

Sony Pictures pronounced “The Interview,” that cost $44 million
to make, has brought in $31 million in online, wire and
satellite sales and was downloaded 4.3 million times between
Dec. 24 and Jan. 4.

It has warranted another $5 million during 580 eccentric theaters
showing a film in North America.

Sony’s rare coexisting recover in cinemas and
online came together after it canceled a designed Christmas Day
wide recover of “The Interview” since vital film theater
chains refused to shade it following threats of assault from
hackers against to a film. That preference drew pointed
criticism, including from President Barack Obama, that Sony had
caved to hackers.

Within a week, a studio struck deals with tiny movie
theaters that pronounced they were penetrating to urge giveaway countenance and
with record giants like Google Inc for a
simultaneous online recover on sites like YouTube Movies.
Apple’s iStore came aboard a few days later, as did
major compensate TV providers.

It is still misleading if Sony Pictures will replenish a costs
of a film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, including an
estimated $30 million to $40 million selling bill.

On Monday, Hirai praised employees and partners of the
Hollywood film studio for station adult to “extortionist efforts”
of hackers, his initial open comments on a conflict launched on
Nov 21.

Sony Pictures might need several some-more weeks to reconstruct its
computer network after what has been deemed as a most
destructive cyber conflict on a association on U.S. soil. North Korea
has denied it is behind a attack.

(Additional stating by Piya Sinha-Roy in Los Angeles; Writing
by Peter Henderson and Mary Milliken; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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