- Did Pete Buttigieg seriously just rip-off a famous Obama speech? 5 Years Ago
- The most dangerous TikTok challenges we’ve seen—so far 5 Years Ago
- PewDiePie wants Bernie Sanders to host meme review Today 1:44 PM
- Hilary Duff records confrontation with ‘creep’ taking photos of kids Today 1:08 PM
- BTS may have used Twitch streamer’s voice in song without permission Today 12:15 PM
- Gigi Hadid absolutely obliterates Jake Paul over Zayn Malik diss Today 10:26 AM
- People really want Chris Matthews fired after he compared Sanders’ Nevada win to Nazi invasion of France Today 9:35 AM
- Bernie Sanders wins Nevada Caucuses Saturday 6:54 PM
- MSNBC is out of its mind over Sanders leading Nevada Saturday 5:20 PM
- Kim Kardashian dragged for using makeup to darken her hands Saturday 4:13 PM
- TikTok users show how they turned their vehicles into incredible tiny homes Saturday 3:44 PM
- Woman iconically pranks man who sent her an unsolicited d*ck pic Saturday 2:25 PM
- ‘Terrifying’ deepfake puts Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in ‘Star Trek’ Saturday 1:06 PM
- A 36-year-old called the cops after being booted from parents’ phone plan Saturday 12:16 PM
- People think novelist Dean Koontz predicted the coronavirus in 1981 thriller Saturday 10:22 AM
Sony hackers threaten terror attack over ‘The Interview’
“The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001.”
The hacking group behind the ongoing leak of documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment appears to have made a significant new warning, threatening a terrorist attack against screenings of upcoming film The Interview.
The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco and revolving around a fictional assassination attempt on the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has repeatedly drawn the ire of the hackers, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace, or GOP—leading some to speculate that North Korea or North Korean–affiliated hackers are behind the attack.
The authoritarian and secretive state claims to have no affiliation with the group, though they have praised its work—the dumping of hundreds of gigabytes of highly sensitive internal company data, including executive emails, film screeners, expense reports, and employee information.
“We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places ‘The Interview’ will be shown,” the latest message warns, “including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.”
“The world will be full of fear,” it goes on. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you keep yourself distant from the places at that time.”
“Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment,” the message ends. “All the world will denounce the SONY.”
The message is accompanied by what appears to be an archive of emails of CEO Michael Lynton.
The FBI confirmed to the Daily Dot that they are aware of the threat and that an “investigation is ongoing,” but refused to comment on whether they are treating it as a terrorist threat. North Korea refused to comment, hanging up when the Daily Dot made inquiries with its embassy at the United Nations.
Photo via The Interview
Rob Price is a technology and politics reporter who served as the U.K.-based morning editor for the Daily Dot until 2014. He now works as the news editor for Business Insider, and his work has appeared in Vice, Slate, the Washington Post, and the Independent.