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Hacking group warns Sony Pictures to withdraw The Interview or else...

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The group behind the ongoing attack on Sony have reissued its demands and told Sony to withdraw a contentious movie or face the consequences.

In a new threat posted on Monday, the hacking collective known as GOP said the only way out for Sony is to pull The Interview movie.

The film at the centre of the controversy stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists sent by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The group wrote: “We have already given our clear demand to the management team of Sony, 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. Do carry out our demand if you want to escape us.

“And, stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War! You, Sony & FBI, cannot find us. We are perfect as much. The destiny of Sony is totally up to the wise reaction & measure of Sony.”

As with previous threats, the GOP group has provided links to a huge trove of data, which is likely from Sony’s internal systems. There’s no word yet on what these downloads contain.

The controversy continues to engulf Sony. Late last week it emerged the company had kept thousands of passwords in a file directory called ‘Password,’ while the private details of thousands of clients were also leaked onto the web.

In an internal email reportedly obtained by Recode, the firm's acknowledged the attack. In comments attributed to a security expert helping Sony with the attack, a memo sent out to the company's employees read: "This attack is unprecedented in nature. The malware was undetectable by industry standard antivirus software and was damaging and unique enough to cause the FBI to release a flash alert to warn other organizations of this critical threat."

Earlier on Monday it was reported the PlayStation Network went down as a result of an attack by a group called the Lizard Squad. The two attacks are not believed to be related.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Sony has a reaction to this latest threat given the specific nature of the new demands.

It certainly seems like the hackers are holding all of the cards at this stage. Will Sony submit to the threats?

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Via: Gizmodo

Keith

December 9, 2014, 10:58 am

This is the best publicity stunt for a movie I've seen for a long while, it's bound to be a big smash hit now. So the question is->

1. Are the attackers real, and if so are they so stupid not too realize its going to make the movie a box office hit.

or

2. Sony have actually orchestrated the whole thing, for this very reason.

TheHulksMothersCousin

December 9, 2014, 12:41 pm

Unfortunately for every good, decent humane protest or fight there are the true terrorists and villains using the same means and this is why the god guys can look like villains. The question is what is good, decent and humane. Again the bad guys will often say they are. Whats the point of this? We need to stop labelling everyone as a terrorist or villain fighting for rights and look at whether the fight is for freedom and fairness or a harsh, oppressive, captive regime. Those regimes must not be allowed to proliferate.

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