The threats on Sony continue as hackers demand James Franco and Seth Rogen’s The Interview pulled “immediately” – or else.
Last week, Sony Studios was the victim of the hacking group Guardians of Peace, which leaked the personal information of the studio’s employees and its connected actors (including salaries and home addresses).
They also revealed the impressive salaries of James Franco and Seth Rogen, whose North Korea parody film The Interview is set to hit cinemas on December 25.
In The Interview, Franco and Rogen play journalists who get recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Now, GoP has allegedly made a demand calling for the controversial comedy to be pulled: “Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!”
The note, which claims to be from GoP, was posted on GitHub.
“We have already given our clear demand to the management team of SONY,” the note continues, “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.”
The note concludes, “the destiny of SONY is totally up to the wise reaction & measure of SONY.” It cautions that, “you, SONY, & FBI, cannot find us.”
The North Korean government has officially denied involvement with the hacking group, although the hackers have been traced back to Singapore and could potentially have ties with North Korea.
Seth Rogen and James Franco have previously poked fun of the hack, in a sketch on SNL:
The most ironic thing, of course, is that this hacking scandal is only serving to create more buzz about The Interview.
It is the innocent Sony employees who have suffered due to this breach of privacy, and we hope the studio finds a way to protect itself from future attacks.