Sony hackers sent a new message to Sony Pictures, demanding The Interview never be seen by the public in any form or more private data will be released. The studio's top executives received the email late Thursday night.
CNN reports the hackers are demanding that Sony never allow the movie to be "released, distributed or leaked in any form, including DVD or piracy." A source tells CNN that the email appears to be from the hackers, as it follows the same pattern of previous messages and was sent to a list of particular executives and formatted in a particular way. The email said "Message from GOP." The hackers have referred to themselves as the Guardians of Peace.
The Sony hackers' demands also include scrubbing the internet of any trace of the movie.
"And we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately."
The hackers give Sony credit for its cancellation of the Christmas day release of The Interview, saying it was a wise decision.
Unless Sony gives in to the latest demands, the hackers threaten to release more private and sensitive data that is still in the groups' possession.
These demands come just three days after Sony hackers threatened terrorist attacks similar to 9/11 if The Interview is released to movie theaters, which led Sony to the decision to cancel the movie's release. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, who are investigating the hack, have said "there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States."
Until today, government officials have declined to officially blame North Korea for the Sony hack. However, USA Today now reports FBI officials have confirmed that North Korea is behind the Sony attack.
"As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions. North Korea's actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves. Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior."
President Obama is expected to address the cyberattack against Sony at a 1:30 p.m. press conference today, where he is expected to formally put blame on North Korea. The Sony attack is the biggest hacking of a company on U.S. soil.
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