The group behind the massive data hack on Sony Entertainment Pictures have threatened terrorist attacks on movie theaters daring to release “The Interview” on Dec. 25, 2014.
The Guardians of Peace (GOP), the group who owned up to the cyberattack on sensitive Sony information last month, promised to deliver a “Christmas gift” to theaters and moviegoers who dare to brave the controversial film, “The Interview,” on Christmas day.
The GOP are claiming the hack attack was perpetrated in protest over Sony’s latest production, a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as celebrity journalists assigned to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un after landing a coveted interview with him.
“Warning. 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,” a note from the GOP reads, as published by The Verge.
“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,” the note warned.
However, Homeland Security has said it has not uncovered any evidence of a plot against U.S. theaters. The FBI is currently investigating GOP claims but found no credibility to the statements issued on the note. Apparently, the cyberattack committed by the group hasn’t been classified as a terrorist activity yet, despite the latent threat the GOP is promising to unleash on Christmas day.
Earlier on, it was speculated that North Korea itself was responsible for the hack attacks, but a spokesperson for Kim Jong-un released a statement denying the act, claiming it "might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers of North Korea who are joining its efforts to ‘put an end to US imperialism.’"
Meanwhile, intrepid moviegoers will have to be on the alert for any suspicious activity if they’re planning to watch “The Interview” on Dec. 25, 2014. The same goes for fearless movie theaters who plan to make a killing with all the hype the controversial movie is bringing in.
Here’s video reporting the GOP 9/11-like attack threats:
Will “The Interview” go up with a bang on Christmas Day? Your anxious guess is as good as ours. Stay tuned for more news on the Guardians of Peace terrorist threat at Movie News Guide (MNG)
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