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Sony Corp Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai on Monday (January 5) praised employees and partners of the company's Hollywood movie studio for standing up to "extortionist efforts" of hackers who attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment in November.
The attack debilitated Sony Pictures' computer network and led to the online leaks of embarassing emails and unreleased movies.
The hackers also attempted to block the release of the Seth Rogan-James Franco comedy "The Interview." Sony initially cancelled the release, but later relented.
Hirai addressed the attack in his presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
"I think that both Sony Pictures Entertainment, former employees and certainly current employees they were, unfortunately, the victims of one the most viscous and malicious cyberattacks, certainly in recent history. But I have to say that I'm very proud of all the employees and certainly the partners we wo