Sony hackers make ominous threats
LOS ANGELES - Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace are making ominous threats against movie theaters showing the Sony Pictures film "The Interview."
The threats make reference to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"The Interview" is a comedy in which Seth Rogen and James Franco star as TV journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Its New York premiere is scheduled for Thursday, and it's expected to hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.
The hacking group also released a trove of data files, calling it the beginning of a "Christmas gift." But it included a message warning that people should stay away from places where "The Interview" will be shown, including the upcoming premiere. It urged people to leave their homes if they are near theaters showing the film.
A spokesman for the National Association of Theater Owners isn't commenting on the threats.
The full message believed to be released by the hacker group reads as follows:
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.
Speculation about a North Korean link to the Sony hacking has centered on that country's angry denunciation of the film.