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Sony Pictures Movie Hackers: This Is Your Final Warning Over Terrorist Film

Sony Pictures was famously hacked last week by an internet group believed to be connected to North Korea.  The Hermit Kingdom is supposedly very upset about a comedy film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco which details an assassination attempt on the leader.

In a report from The Independent UK called “Sony Pictures cyber-attack: cancel ‘terrorist’ film or else, say hackers” [1] by Andrew Griffin, he writes:

Hackers claiming to be those that have seriously disrupted Sony Pictures’ computer systems in the biggest corporate hack in history posted a message to the heads of the company telling them to cancel the release of controversial film The Interview, last night.

The group also leaked a trove of emails from senior Sony Pictures employees. While those writing the message can’t be confirmed to be the same people that carried out the rest of the hacks, the leaks imply that they are at least connected with the group.

The newly-released documents include more private employee information, the phone numbers of actors and the aliases they use when travelling, film budgets and unreleased scripts. It includes the private information of about 40,000 employees — including home addresses, previous salaries and social security numbers.

In a message titled ‘Their Privacy’, and written in broken English, hackers said that Sony had refused to give in to its demands, which have not been communicated publicly, and were referenced in the hackers’ very first messages. It also said that Sony Pictures should cancel the release of the ‘movie of terrorism’ — an apparent reference to The Interview, a North Korea-baiting film that is a reason some have speculated that the country could be involved in the attack.

“We have already given our clear demand to the management team of SONY, however, they have refused to accept,” the message said. “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!

The message was apparently directed to Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures’ co-chairman, and Stephen Mosko, the president of Sony Pictures Television.

Unlike previous releases — which have tended to be posted on text-sharing site Pastebin — this one was released on a similar site, Github. It stayed up for much longer than previous posts — as of this morning, 16 hours after the message was posted, it is still accessible, along with links to the new documents released by hackers.

The new trove of documents appears to show that hackers attempted to extort Sony executives, by warning them of the attack three days before it happened. The email was found inside files from the email account of Amy Pascal, Sony Pictures’ co-chairman. She did not appear to have read the message.

“We’ve got great damage by Sony Pictures,” it read.

“The compensation for it, monetary compensation we want.

“Pay the damage, or Sony Pictures will be bombarded as a whole.

“You know us very well. We never wait long.

“You’d better behave wisely.

“From God’sApstls”

The message was sent on November 21. Hackers then took down Sony’s computer network on November 24, writing in a message that was displayed across the company’s computers that they would “continue till our request be met”.

The message released last night appeared to disavow the threats made against Sony Pictures employees that emerged over the weekend. It said: “We know nothing about the threatening email received by Sony staffers, but you should wisely judge by yourself why such things are happening and who is responsible for it.”

A message had been sent to employees telling them to criticise their company or put their family in danger, the FBI said.

“Please sign your name to object the false (sic) of the company at the email address below if you don’t want to suffer damage,” the message said, according to Variety. “If you don’t, not only you but your family will be in danger.”

The full text of yesterday’s message read:

“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.”

SOURCE

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/sony-pictures-cyberattack-cancel-terrorist-film-or-else-say-hackers-9911891.html

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