Sony Hackers Threaten 9/11 Attack on Movie Theaters That Screen ‘The Interview’

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The Sony hackers have threatened a 9/11-like attack on movie theaters that screen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s North Korean comedy “The Interview,” substantially escalating the stakes surrounding the release of the movie.

The attackers also released the promised “Christmas gift” of files. The contents of the files are unknown but it’s called “Michael Lynton,” who is the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“The world will be full of fear,” the message reads. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant 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.”

Past messages have included budgets to Sony films, salary information of top executives, and employee medical records and social security numbers.

There have been suspicions that the attack may have been launched by North Korea in retaliation for “The Interview’s” depiction of an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un. The country has denied involvement but praised the attacks.

The note also threatens people who attend the premiere of “The Interview.” A New York premiere of the film is scheduled to take place Thursday at Sunshine Cinema and has already been scaled down, according to a report in the New York Post. A special screening of the film took place in Los Angeles last week without incident.

A spokesman for the studio, an FBI spokesman and a spokesman for the National Association of Theatre Owners were not immediately available for comment.

Read the full message:


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.
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 to keep yourself distant 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.

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  1. They feel ultra realistic and you’ll be amazed at what you can do with one.

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  3. john petrey says:

    I see the American flag is displayed improperly. Unless we are seeing it from an inside view or t’s hanginging where on can wak around or under it.

  4. Randall says:

    It is a sad time in this country when a foreign power plays dictator over here and actually gets their way.

  5. Courtney says:

    Why don’t they air the film on TV for free that’ll piss them off, what are they going to do bomb every home that has a TV?!

  6. Randall says:

    When do we stop giving in to terrorists? Where does it end? Nobody wants to admit it but the terrorists have already won. They win with every cancellation we do. America does live in fear and that’s just what they want. They don’t even have to do anything and we pretty much stop living our lives. It’s sad.

  7. Ken Trumbull says:

    how long will it be now before we are told that we can no longer watch evening news this is a terrible mistake by Sony to allow that a little dictator to decidefor us what we will watch and not watch

  8. Dan Lever says:

    If you give in to the demands of bullies, terrorist, it never stops.history shows us appeasement does not work. Sony should launch the movie over the internet, on netfix, amazon, hulu all forms of movie viewing for free. Once you take the power away or the leverage what does this group have left to terrorize with. No matter what they have over Sony they have to not back down. The fact Sony, is giving into the demands is very concerning to me. What does this hacker group have that is so damming or bad that Sony will do what they want? It must be really bad, it must be company destruction bad. Even so, the free market and free speech of all people is at risk.

  9. Julie says:

    So, why hasn’t anyone addressed the bigger issue? If “They” the hackers have threatened a “911 like attack”, then “They” are here waiting to do it. Or are “They” gonna wait a few days to get here? Are “They” gonna wait till the screenings start and strike each one? The 911 attackers were here a long time before the attack, if the hackers can create a 911 like attack they are already here.

  10. Sign the Petition to Sony demanding they stand on the Side of Freedoms

  11. john poole says:

    I served for this country so that we can have all of our freedoms under the constitution. This country has to stand up to every threat or we will be considered vulnerable.

  12. chauncey moore says:

    So not fair .
    thought we had free speach and the right to assemble

  13. quali says:

    @todd “I believe in America” makes me start puking…!!!!!!! belive in what torture, war and racisim?

    • MrsMorgan says:

      And North Korea is different? Just because one stands with their country (their people), does not mean they agree with the actions of their leaders.

  14. todd says:

    I believe in America and will watch this movie out of spite due to people telling me that I shouldn’t

  15. quali says:

    Love it!! Imagine what you US guys would do if some country would make a movie about killing obama………

    • Careful there….many Conservatives would pay twice LOL! Seriously though…there were President Assassination movies on the POTUS before..MANY. NK are just a bunch of whiny little brats that get hurt feelings over name calling.

  16. tungee says:


    Mitt Romney recently suggested that they release the Interview onto the internet for free, merely suggestion a donation that would be used to fight Ebola. I am not a Mitt Romny fan, but I think this is an excellent idea. While I don’t really like the concept of The Interview, it -was- made, and it doesn’t break any laws. I think it was a mistake to cancel the premiers simply because it opens a door for others to make the same threats. I’m sure everyone who reads this can think of a list of movies that various political/religious/ethnic/whatever would have loved to be able to prevent from releasing (Team America World Police comes to mind), but what if those groups could make vague threats that cause kneejerk reactions.

    While it is potentially true that harm could have resulted from the release of the movie (although pretty unlikely), we may never know now. While some people will think that removing the risk altogether will be worth it, I fall along the lines that it simply means we won’t fight for the things we believe in when push comes to shove. It’s even arguable if push has actually come to shove; the mere threat of a retaliating shove has prevented our push altogether.

    I do think the suggestion to put the movie up on the internet and ask for donations to fight Ebola is a pretty ingenious solution. Not only would it be an even bolder ‘up yours’ to the GOP than releasing it in theaters (soaking up a 42 million dollar loss to release the video essentially for free to the entire world at once, that’s definitely not caving in), but it would take a movie that many find offensive (whether or not you agree) and turn it to very positive work. If this were to happen it would ALONE make me feel the movie was a worthwhile process.

    So I say go for it, #InterviewJongunEndEbola

  17. Anonymous says:

    Harley Quinn is overly dramatic. Hah the president isn’t involved in war these are hackers. People you meet everyday

    • Aj991227*e says:

      if the movie isn’t shown, then much of the constitution, including freedom of speech and press is destroyed in one event without any deaths. N korea can’t attack, they arent even allowed to leave the country. Obama and or sony, allow this movie to show N korea who is in control. if we don’t, then they are. how messed up is that

  18. Harley Quinn says:

    Dont let these hackers win America

    • AnnAnon says:

      You want to be the first to yell “FIRE” in a US crowd? Fortunately, our lawmakers have realized that our constitution does not relieve us of responsible behavior. This movie is/was a bad idea.

  19. john doe says:

    I wish these savage ass people would stay in their own damn country

  20. chogyam says:

    OMG. These hackers have already won. By using only threats by email, they stopped the release
    of a film to thousands of theaters. How ridiculous is that? Americans have truly lost their balls.

    • Can says:

      Obama should give a national emergency address to make all Americans watch this movie in protest to the pathetic threats of a psychopathic regime😝.

  21. rickburgoon says:

    Anybody wanna lay odds that the same hollywood erudite white elitist 1%ers who mocked obama in private were cheering loudest when donald sterlings version of north korea stole his private thoughts…
    Arrogance, thy name is liberalism.

  22. BigBroKnows says:

    Looks like another vibration of the Salman Rushdie Effect. That’s where someone in a-way-far-a-way-time and place of antiquity, tells somebody in the modern world that what they are thinking, saying, writing, filming, sculpting, praying, living, and so on, is wrong. Usually conveyed with threats of injury, yours to be precise.

    Yes, it is a global village alright, a global village where everybody knows your business and wants to bring you around to their way of thinking, or else…

  23. echo sierra says:

    Now that they’ve shown their terrorist colors we can send them to Guantanamo when they’re caught, right?

  24. Dixie Suzan Davis says:

    Would this be workplace violence outside the workplace?

  25. macsnafu says:

    I don’t understand why these hackers don’t want it shown, but I’m going to, er um, download it and watch it anyway!

  26. Of course, the Obama Administration is completely silent on this – terrorist threats ?
    Let’s normalize relations with Cuba!

  27. larry says:

    wow….giving in to terroism….thats all this is….show the friggin movie…and take action against perps!!!!!

  28. NuttBoxer says:

    Sony should screen it in every theater they can, and offer it for stream online the same day for ass cheap. Try to get as many people as they can to watch it, and have a special opening credits with two huge middle fingers and words “Bring it bitches!”

  29. Jeffrey says:

    Why are the authorities not torturing people to find out what’s going on? Rogen for starts plus North Koreans, South Koreans, Chinese and whomever. Somebody must know something.

  30. Isaac Bickerstaff says:

    Thank goodness the Obama administration is moved so forcefully to neutralize this blatant attempt to intimate and terrorize the U.S.

    It refreshing to see a President who understands his primary duty so well.

  31. david7134 says:

    Just remember, we should not torture anyone to determine if we are in danger or what plans may be. After all, we are worse than these animals who kill children and spread terror among innocence’s as we have water boarded 3 people. We should hang our heads in shame. NOT.

  32. Pat says:

    Obviously written by someone who is barely literate. The grammar in this childish message is appalling. The person who wrote it would be better served learning proper English than composing ridiculous threats like this. The hacker(s) may know computers, but they fail miserably when it comes to basic literacy skills.

    • Dum says:

      That’s all you GOT . Bitching about someone’s mis spellings and GRAMR skills in a email there for they are DUM .I’m in upper mgr for large pharmasudical company . I make a FAIR living and I cant spell to save my life . DUS that make me DUM ?><,..,:;''""[][]-===-

      • Josh says:

        Calm down. Pat was talking about the hackers, not a poster. I had the same reaction as Pat. Did you read what the hackers wrote? Their grammar is horrible. I’m not sure how you took it as a personal attack.

        For the record, no one gives a shit about your fancy management position. You are dumb if you can’t see that Pat was belittling a group of faceless cowards. If you are this obnoxious at work if feel sorry for your coworkers.

  33. Steve Cash says:

    I guess when the movie goes to Redbox they will blow them little red boxes up too. What a joke of a threat. I am waiting for the sequel to run too!!

  34. Deborah Williamson says:

    You cowards!! You just gave into terrorists!! Well, there goes the future movie theaters!!!
    How stupid can you & Hollywood be – pretty stupid!!

  35. It is a shame the FBI has been pretty much neutered by the current administration. Under Hoover they would have already found and dispatched this scum that makes anonymous threats and other mischief.

  36. Giving in to Kim Un Gook and his minions and closing the showings of the “interview” is the stupidest thing i’ve read today. the pee stains on these liberal hollyweirdos i can smell from 1500 miles away.
    if we had a government with gonads to stand up to this little pissant paper hanger we wouldn’t be in this boat.

  37. Noty says:

    Wow dude really? I think we got the point with the first 3 lines…..

  38. Kirk Terry says:

    Of course NK is behind this, or their minions (maybe the Chinese). So again, we should say “Attention! Kim Jong Fatty Un. We have been threatened in your name. If anything happens to any of our citizens, you are a dead man. We know where you are, 24/7….can you say drones?”

  39. Kirk Terry says:

    If the hackers continue to threaten citizens then we just say “We will find everyone of you if you attack us, and kill you. We’ll bury you next to Bin Laden, so wear your swimming suit.”

  40. I am so – so tired of the scum of our society always threatening some criminal act . It seems Homeland security is not capable . Our security authorities have no clue. The wild , wild west all over the USA. only worse. But , they want us to give up our only protection.

  41. Leslie says:

    Hollywood, what a bunch of yellow streaked babies.

  42. Jesse Locke says:

    See this is how it is done folks. Plausible deniability and shared values. North Korea’s dictator denies having anything to do with the hacks or threats of mass murder but praises whomever is behind it. Let’s say he isn’t behind it after all. The murderous activists that are behind it KNOW they are doing the bidding of Kim Jong-un because Kim’s values have been made clear to all his supporters and to many of his enemies also. Now our President is no angel but he’s no despot either, yet. His Democrat controlled Senate (no more they have recessed for Christmas) has approved a total of 303 lifetime judge appointments. Do you think those judges, many of them activist judges, have to get marching orders from the White House? No, but they know exactly what President OBama wants to happen and they’re going to do their damned best to see that it does happen no matter what the people say at the voting booth.

    Yes, I made that connection.

  43. Word is leaking out that the terror attacks involve a full 60 minutes of Kevin Hart upcoming trailers prior to the start of the movie.

  44. “DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE! “- Public Enemy.

    Do you seriously believe that North Korea has mad hacking skills and is going to threaten terrorist attacks on the USA???

    What if . . . Sony Pictures hacked itself as a PR stunt to hype another Seth Rogen stoner flick that had poor audience response at the test screenings in order to SUCKER people into paying 12 bucks to go see it to prove they are not afraid of North Korea and are red blooded American PATRIOTS???

    Seriously, who sells more war and terror, North Korea or Hollywood???

    • thedoctor isin says:

      Do you seriously believe that Sony thought all this up? I originally thought this was the case, but now I am thinking this is in the same category as the “Germans eat French babies” propaganda in the lead-up to our entry into WWI. Obama needs another distraction, and a nice quick war with North Korea (and yes, it would be quick; SK would take a bunch of civilian casualties and then b/tch-slap and anally rape NK) would fill that bill quite nicely, thank you.

      No, the norks don’t have mad hacking skills. It is obvious that the NSA is behind the hack.

    • amypaynepotts says:

      If I were Sony, I would not release it at theaters at all. I would put it out on Youtube immediately!!

      • Dude says:

        My thoughts exactly. I say skip the theatres, pay to rent a huge cluster of servers, stand up DDoS protection SLA, and broadcast the crap out of that thing until everyone has made a copy of it to distribute and keep it being distributed globally and make that fat-baby Kim cry ’cause no one takes him seriously.

        We shouldn’t be letting these tyrants try to make us afraid of our first amendment, God-given right. At this point, Sony shouldn’t look at this movie as a big money maker. They should look at this as a line in the sand.

  45. sam says:

    I’ll be there on opening night. NK is the worst of the worst and if this movie upsets their leadership, then I’m in. Any theater owner who cancels because of these threats is the worst kind of coward.

  46. This always drove me nuts: why can’t they properly proof-read their English messages so they appear correctly? Surely they can find a native English speaker to use proper English, but it has been always comical, bad English — does anyone know why (it’s not the kind of thing you can Google for answers)?

  47. Janet says:

    Exactly what they wanted.

    A wimp out.

  48. Esteban says:

    Well, a movie with two wise-ass Jews taking out NK’s leader transcends fantasy and enters stupidity, so not loss here.

  49. I hope they (authorities) are investigating to find who is threatening to commit “terror attacks!”

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