The hackers that stole all of that data from Sony have followed through on their previous threats, which revolved around data dumps and secret files being leaked online. One can sincerely hope that their latest threat is an empty one. The group has threatened a 9/11-like attack on movie theatres that screen the movie “The Interview,” which is believed to be the reason why Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked in the first place.
The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco. Both of them are recruited by the CIA to eliminate Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, as they’re invited to the Hermit Kingdom for an exclusive interview. While North Korea has denied any involvement in the attack it was investigated at one point whether the country was behind this.
The group also dumped new files online and dubbed the package “Christmas gift” with “Michael Lynton” as the title. Content of these files is not known at this point in time and the reason why this dump is associated with the name of the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
A warning accompanied today’s “Christmas gift,” with the hackers saying “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.”
“The world will be full of fear,” the chilling warning reads, “Remember the 11th of September 2001.” Hackers even make a recommendation in the warning, “we recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time, (if your house is nearby, you’d better leave).”
So far there has been no comment on this threat from law enforcement agencies, particularly the FBI. There are no reports about the premiere or shows at theatres being cancelled as of now.