Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ Premier After Hackers Threaten 9/11 Style Attack

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The devastating Sony attack has once again left the company victim to one of the largest cyber attacks of all time, once again, Sony’s Guardians of Peace (GOP) hackers have released yet another 200 gigabytes of revealing data about Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Alongside the leak, GOP has set to release a Christmas Gift of company data, posted with their eighth batch of sensitive data leaked Tuesday, housing thousands of personal emails from Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton.

The leak of these personal emails comes just days after Lynton held a public meeting for Sony employees in wake of the attack, stating “our business has a strong foundation… This won’t take us down.”

Also apart of the leak, was a frighting message attached to the amass of documents, threatening those who plan to see ‘The Interview’ film, a comedy where the CIA plans to assassinate North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un. The Guardians of Peace have been very clear about their feelings on the film, demanding The Interview film be pulled, calling it a “terrorist film.”

The Guardians of Peace hackers published a public pastebin, noting a 9/11 style attack for those who wish the see The Interview film Christmas day. The public message read:

“We have already promised a Christmas gift to you.

This is the beginning of the gift.

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places ‘The Interview’ be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.

The world will be full of fear.

Remember the 11th of September 2001.

We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.

(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)

Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

All the world will denounce the SONY.”

In the midst in the massive cyber attack that has plagued Sony, alongside their recent threats, Sony has pulled the film from its initial Christmas release date, possibly noting a reschedule. “Sony has canceled all plans to launch the movie,” a Sony spokesperson told Reuters Wednesday, after being asked of ‘The Interview’ films latest release date. A number of theaters have also decided the pull the film from airing in theaters, with no public notes on their recent decisions.

The National Security Council (NSC) publicly announced that the United States government is investigating the recent attack on Sony Pictures and will provide information regarding the attack in the near future. “The US government is working tirelessly to bring the authors of this attack in front of the Justice”, Bernadette Meehan, NSC spokesperson told media outlets, also noting the agency was not involved in Sony’s decision to pull the film.

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned cinemas on Tuesday that companies associated with the film could become target for an attack, according to recent documents from Reuters. Though several government agencies told Reuters there is no evidence of physical threats regarding the audience.

Throughout Sony’s massive attack and leak of documents, the corporation has begun attacking journalists publicly leaking emails and sensitive documents related to the attack. The legal letter reads that journalists may be prosecuted under the law if documents publicly posted are not redacted.

“We are writing to ensure that you are aware that SPE does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading, or making any use of the Stolen Information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the Stolen Information,” the letter reads.

The FBI has once again been investigating North Korea as origin for the Sony hack attack, but choosing not to publicly point fingers at any country for such an attack.

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