Sony Hackers Gloat over Studio Pulling Plug on ‘The Interview’: Report

The Interview Randall Park

The cyber-terrorists behind the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment sent a message to studio execs late Thursday giving them kudos for the “very wise” decision to not release the “The Interview” in any format, according to a report.

“Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy,” the hackers said in a message sent to Sony brass, CNN reported Friday.

The missive, from the group calling itself “Guardians of Peace,” also implied that additional data leaks would stop now that Sony has dropped plans to distribute the film, originally slated for Dec. 25 theatrical debut. The hackers warned the studio in the email that “we still have your private and sensitive data” and said they will “ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble,” per CNN.

A Sony rep declined to comment on the latest development.

U.S. officials have linked the attack on SPE — which disabled the studio’s IT infrastructure for about a week and has resulted in numerous private emails and internal company data posted online — to North Korea. A White House spokesman said Thursday that the Obama administration is treating the incident as a “serious national security matter” and is considering a range of possible options as a response.

Sony on Wednesday announced it had pulled plans to release “The Interview” on Christmas Day, after hackers issued a threat that they planned 9/11-style attacks on theaters exhibiting it. Later in the day, the studio said it would not release the film at all, on either VOD or digital services.

“The Interview,” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, revolves around two bumbling American journalists who are enlisted by the CIA to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Previously, the hackers behind the Sony cyber-attack stole and uploaded to piracy websites at least five of the studio’s films, including Brad Pitt-starrer “Fury” and forthcoming release “Annie,” set to hit theaters on Friday, Dec. 19. However, legitimate copies of “The Interview” have not shown up on piracy sites, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio.

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  1. Phil de says:

    They have my data. My ps4 is plain hacked. They whoever , use my account , i find articles like this (thats right im here because some one ELSE left tabs open. Also porn. Wtf. They play my games (sub accounts eg) and i get billed by amex. Never make ur system “primary ps4” that allows acces from other playstions! And Never add a card.Cds or vouchers! 850 from playstions store and that cant be because I cancelled the card when i got billed 500.

  2. Mark says:

    The initial contact with Sony was extortion and made no mention of ‘The Interview.’ How is that being explained?

  3. WHAT BETTER THAN TO USE THE MOST POWERFUL MEDIA IN THE WORLD TO WEAKEN AMERICAN FREEDOMS

    Could we take a step back and consider a bigger picture here? There are so many sniveling narrow visioned comments being made everywhere. I hope we aren’t missing the forest for the trees.

    A new historical precedent has been set. Future films might now be subject to being squelched by hate groups from any facet who threaten our safe right to assemble and exercise our 1st Amendment Right.

    Where will the line be drawn again? After 9/11 we spent years at war and lost thousands of soldiers because we said we would NOT back down, we would NOT allow outside or inside terror and fear to change our way of life and pose threat to our freedom.

    Now to what end has that war been fought, those lives lost? When we come home and cower. It is my opinion that a new tactic has been discovered. By initiating this computer hacking they used the information to turn us against each other by Exposing what “this Executive thinks of that famous person, and so on. In doing so they have exploited our fear of exposing one anothers secrets.

    So when Sony Pictures did not initially pull “THE INTERVIEW”, our enemies went to phase two. They threatened terrorism upon random theaters that had the film booked for play on their screens. Then the top 5 theater circuits in the country decided NOT to play the film which forced SONY to pull it from theatrical release. Now PARAMOUNT has backed out of its arrangement to allow theatres to play its film “TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE” in the place of “THE INTERVIEW”.

    A nation divided cannot fight united.

    ALL of our country’s recent infighting is exposing to the world that we can be weakened against external enemies if they can turn us against ourselves.

    Even with the most powerful weapons and military in the world, we can be rendered helpless when our unity is broken.

    Which is more important? The potential overabuse of exercising our freedoms against one another, causing internal division OR a threat to our freedom from outside enemies.

    OUR FREEDOMS within are now being used to threaten our UNITED FREEDOM —- and thus our ability to protect it as The United States.

  4. Dave J. says:

    We should be making more movies like “The Interview” from other studios as a way of protest, since if this can happen one studio, it can happen to others, and that shouldn’t be the message at all!

  5. Mac N. Tosh says:

    How the hell does Amy Pascal keep her job?

  6. Duckhomie says:

    Guess what? Unless they fire everyone at Sony, everyone at the top, this will continue. The commies have them by the balls. And I love it.

  7. Rex says:

    Dear sweet feathery GAWD, Sony, release this movie!!!!! How can anyone — even the sympathizers littering this comments section with drivel — NOT want to stick it to these obnoxious, condescending little mafia-wannabe PRICKS! Ooooohh, SCARY, they might release MORE emails that reveal absolutely NOTHING we didn’t already know about the corporate sharks and emotionally-stunted celebrities in the entertainment industry? WHO CARES?!? Let ’em! They’ll run out of relevant stuff to release eventually, or they’ll realize that the rest of the world has moved on to other passing fads, just like we ALWAYS DO.

    RELEASE THE MOVIE!!

    IN THEATRES!!

    SCREW ‘EM!!!!

  8. Michael Anthony says:

    Release the movie!

  9. Paul says:

    Sony’s head office is in Japan, well within NK nuclear range. Methinks head office had a major say in the decision to pull The Interview. This does not just involve the US. The film business is global in its reach.

  10. Rand says:

    What was the studio thinking making a movie about a country we don’t have good relations with. I don’t think our country would have taken kindly if there was a comedy being released by another country based on assasinating our President. Hollywood is not above it to think they don’t have to answer. Regardless of the 1st Ammendment it was not a wise choice to make a movie of this kind and to tihnk there would not be consequences.

  11. Sherman O says:

    A terrible day for the USA and freedom world wide. This act will bring repeat offenders and copy-cats.

  12. Simon says:

    This is undoubtedly an “inside job”. NK probably has nothing to do with it. The broken English is a dead giveaway…

  13. Phil says:

    I’m amused at how they request the film not be leaked/pirated after Sony already got hacked! Can we just selectively-glass parts of NK already?

  14. The GOP(ironic name) may be gloating now, but they may have won the battle and brought a major film studio and the entire Exhibition business to its knees, but I believe the consequences that will be dished by our team will make them think twice before trying to terrorize the American public again. Its not the American people or our Govt. who capitulated to their terrorist threats, it was the liability obsessed lawyers for the purely capitalistic corporations who pathetically surrendered faster than the French to the Germans. Money seems to trump freedom with Publicly traded companies which is very sad. Lets hope our guys come up with some painful counter measures in the very near future.

  15. korea sux says:

    Its just a movie and a good Damn movie , just cuz cowards have to ruin it everyone

  16. Andy says:

    When I would meet people outside of this business who found I worked in the movie business, they were always impressed and at minimum intrigued. I suspect, in the future, they will be less impressed.

    This is really an embarrassing moment.

    The only silver lining for Amy Pascal is that her pathetic olive branch she extended to Al Sharpton will be forgotten with the studio bowing down.

  17. John Shea says:

    No doubt they and their imitators are now choosing their next US target. Who or what will that be, now that the USA has so shamefully caved-in?

    • Simon says:

      Sony Pictures represents the USA?

      • Simon says:

        “Sony made a CORPORATE DECISION after theater owners made a similar CORPORATE DECISION.”

        Which is…exactly what I said? I’m not sure what your point is.

      • sammyglick says:

        Are people like ‘Simon’ so naïve and myopic that they don’t grasp that ‘cyber warfare’ has been an issue for the last two decades? Yea, I’m sure America can just ‘find’ the guys who did a cyber attack…right after they find the people who send endless spam emails alleging if I help a displaced person recover their vast bank accounts (seized by their governments) I’ll make a few million. After Simon is finished answering emails from lonely models looking for love, he’ll be the first in line to sign-up for the army when we attack N. Korea for what? Denying Americans another crappy Rogan/Franco movie. Get real armchair conservatives and war hawks. Sony made a CORPORATE DECISION after theater owners made a similar CORPORATE DECISION.

      • Simon says:

        They are a company that has a bottom line and investors. They can’t be expected to open themselves up to more damage and liability on principle. Maybe if the US Government wasn’t so inept at handling cyber crimes we would’ve found these people and been able to fight back so Sony could continue running their business in peace.

      • Mark says:

        The studio is in the US, the film was made in the US by citizens of the US. So in this case, yes they do.

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