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Hackers hint at terror attacks, release more data from Sony Pictures

Dec 16, 20142 mins
CybercrimeData and Information SecurityData Breach

GOP says to remember September 11, and to stay away from theaters on Christmas Day

The group responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, the GOP (Guardians of Peace), has moved away from their normal rhetoric, issuing a thinly veiled threat of terror attacks on Christmas Day, the date when Sony’s picture The Interview is set for general release.

The threat was attached to a note sent to media and posted publicly on Tuesday.

The note offered download links to an OST file belonging to Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Pictures. The group said that this release is the first of several, and part of their “Christmas gift” to the public.

“We have already promised a Christmas gift to you. This is the beginning of the gift,” the message from GOP starts.

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. 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.

To date, the GOP has leaked more than 200GB of Sony Pictures’ internal data, including pre-release movies, executive emails, sales and marketing data, and nearly everything from human resources.

Late last week, Sony started emailing employees about the data breach, warning that their personal information, including data protected under HIPAA, might have been accessed by unauthorized individuals.

Documents leaked by the group show that Sony Pictures has upwards of $60 million in cyber insurance coverage after consolidating coverage with Sony Corporation of America, but experts have expressed doubts that it will be enough.