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Hackers ask Sony to pull ‘The Interview’ from theaters

GOP Hackers vs. The Interview

Hacker group Guardians of Peace (GOP), which attacked Sony Pictures stealing more than 100 terabytes of information, and revealing some of it online, have asked the company to pull a controversial comedy from theaters, Variety reports.

FROM EARLIER: Hackers threaten Sony employees in wake of ’unprecedented’ cyber attack

GOP did not specifically name The Interview movie, but the references in the message are pointing to this particular title, in which two reporters are tasked by the CIA to kill the leader of North Korea.

The country protested against the movie, saying it’s an act of terror and an act of war. Even though North Korea is suspected to be behind the massive cyber attack against Sony, the local government has denied responsibility more than once, though it did praise the attackers.

GOP also revealed it knows nothing about the threatening email Sony staffers received a few days ago. The hacker group’s message to Sony follows below, exactly as posted online:

“We have already given our clear demand to the management team of SONY, however, they have refused to accept.
It seems that you think everything will be well, if you find out the attacker, while no reacting to our demand.
We are sending you our warning again.
Do carry out our demand if you want to escape us.
And, Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!
You, SONY & FBI, cannot find us.
We are perfect as much.
The destiny of SONY is totally up to the wise reaction & measure of SONY.”

In addition to all the data already spilled online — including unreleased movies and plans for future projects, personal data for thousands of employees, and passwords for Sony-controlled online properties — data from the heist has also revealed code names for various stars, including Tom Hanks, Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, Daniel Craig, Jessica Alba, and others, but also details about Sony’s decision to pass on the Steve Jobs biopic, and offer the screenplay to Universal (see source links below for more details).

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