Sony Hackers Threaten Moviegoers
A theater in New York has canceled the premiere of "The Interview" on the heels of a threat against anyone going to see the movie.
A message claiming to be from the hacker group Guardians of Peace was left on Pastebin:
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 hacking group said. "The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001.
The movie's premiere was scheduled to take place at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema in New York, but the premiere has since been canceled. Theater chain Carmike Cinemas has opted to not show the movie as well. Sony Pictures has not objected to the precautionary moves.
The movie is a comedy about two reporters tasked with assassinating the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un. Seth Rogen and James Franco, the lead actors of the movie, have canceled press events.
New York police and the Department of Homeland Security both say there is no chatter of any upcoming plots against movie theaters. It's also unknown whether the threat is meant to be a physical attack or another kind of cyber attack.
The Guardians of Peace have been a thorn in Sony's side for a couple weeks now. They hacked Sony Pictures computers, released several upcoming movies to the public and have been releasing internal documents disclosing personal information about employees and actors, memos and movie scripts.