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Haruo Nakajima, who
played the original
1954 Godzilla, dies
He stomped over miniature
bridges and buildings in a rubber
suit and gave the world Godzil-
la, the fire-breathing, screeching
monster that became Japan's star
cultural export and an enduring
symbol of the pathos and destruc-
tion of the nuclear age.
Haruo Nakajima, who portrayed
Godzilla in the original 1954 classic,
died Monday of pneumonia, his daugh-
ter Sonoe Nakajima told The Associated
Press on Tuesday. He was 88.
The film, which went on to become
a mega-series and inspired Hollywood
spinoffs, struck a chord with postwar
Japan, the only nation in the world to
suffer atomic bombing, in Hiroshima
and Nagasaki in the closing days of
World War II.
Vivacious and energetic, Nakajima
said he invented the character from
scratch, and developed it by going to
a zoo to study how elephants and bears
moved. He said it was important to
show the pathos of the creature, which
could only smash everything in its way.
Although recent Godzilla films use
computer graphics, the latest Japanese
Godzilla remake, released last year,
went back to using a human actor,
Mansai Nomura, a specialist in the tra-
ditional theater of Kyogen. His move-
ments were duplicated on the screen
through "motion capture" technology.
Until recently, Nakajima had contin-
ued to be a star guest at festivals and
events. He had been scheduled to be
featured at the Tokyo International Film
Festival in October.
"I am the original, the real thing,"
he said in 2014. "My Godzilla was the
A funeral is to be held for family and
close friends. (AP)
Hackers demand millions in
ransom for stolen HBO data
A group of hackers posted a fresh
cache of stolen HBO files online
Monday, and demanded a multi-
million-dollar ransom from the
network to prevent the release of
entire television series and other
sensitive proprietary files.
HBO, which had previously ac-
knowledged the theft of "proprietary
information," said it's continuing to
investigate and is working with police
and cybersecurity experts.
In a swaggering five-minute video
from "Mr Smith" to HBO CEO Richard
Plepler included in the dump, the hack-
ers used white text scrolling on a black
background to deliver an ultimatum. In
short: Pay up within three days or see
the group, which claims to have stolen
1.5 terabytes of HBO shows and con-
fidential corporate data, upload entire
series and sensitive proprietary files.
Specifically, the hackers demand-
ed "our six-month salary in bitcoin,"
and claimed they earn US$12 million to
US$15 million a year from blackmail-
ing organizations whose networks they
have penetrated. They said they would
only deal directly with "Richard" and
only send one "letter" detailing how
The dump itself was just 3.4 giga-
bytes---mostly technical data that ap-
pears to provide a topography of HBO's
network and to list network-adminis-
trator passwords. It includes what ap-
pear to be draft scripts from five Game
of Thrones episodes, including one up-
coming episode, and a month's worth
of email apparently from the account
of Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president
for film programming.
The network reiterated Monday that
it doesn't believe that its email system
as a whole has been compromised.
The video text was written in often
flawed but fluent English peppered
with misspellings and pop-culture
The hackers claimed it took them
about six months to breach HBO's
network. Their biggest threat appears
to be dumping videos of future shows
online with their logo "HBO Is Falling"
Many of the more than 50 internal
documents in the dump were labeled
"confidential," including a spreadsheet
of legal claims against the network, job
offer letters to several top executives,
slides discussing future technology
plans and a list of 37,977 emails called
"Richard's Contact list," an apparent
reference to Plepler.
One screenshot labeled "Highly
Confidential" by the hackers listed
folders such as "Penguin Random
House," ''Licensing & Retail," ''Le-
gal," ''International" and "Budgets."
Another document appears to contain
the confidential cast list for "Game of
Thrones," listing personal cellphone
numbers and email addresses for actors
such as Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey
and Emilia Clark.
The video letter uploaded Monday
claimed the hackers spend a half million
dollars a year to purchase "zero-day"
exploits that let them break into net-
works through holes not yet known to
Microsoft and other software compa-
nies. It claims HBO is the hackers' 17th
target and that only three of their past
targets refused to pay. (AP)
Haruo Nakajima. AP PHOTO
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