The hacking group calling itself the Guardians of Peace referenced the September 11 terrorist attacks Tuesday in a message accompanying a fresh trove of documents presumably stolen from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The group, widely believed to be acting on behalf of the North Korean government, also directly mentioned “The Interview,” the upcoming comedy from Sony Pictures about two Americans who are dispatched to the isolated nation to assassinate Supreme Leader King Jong Un.
The threats, sent in an email to media outlets Tuesday, included a warning to Sony Pictures as well as to local cinemas that intend to screen “The Interview” when it’s released stateside Dec. 25. The note was also accompanied by a list of email addresses that recipients could contact for Sony communications.
“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 message stated. “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. We recommend you keep yourself from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave/) whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.”
Tuesday’s notice comes only days after the Guardians of Peace, which was first detected on Sony’s systems on Nov. 24, promised to unveil a “Christmas gift” of information about the Hollywood studio, derived from the ongoing hack. The release in question included mention of Sony chief executive Michael Lynton, though previous disclosures have included gossipy correspondence between executives, salary figures and future film projects.