Hackers congratulate Sony for not releasing The Interview.
Hackers promise not to release any more stolen data
now that 'The Interview' has been canceled. In a victory for hackers everywhere, the "Guardians of Peace" (who US officials reveal are linked to the North Korean government) have reportedly sent an email to Sony thanking them for canceling The Interview.
The hackers behind the cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a “very wise” decision to cancel the Christmas day release of “The Interview,” a source close to the company told CNN.
The hacker message is effectively a victory lap, telling the studio, “Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy.”
The message also says, “And we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately.”
It warns the studio executives that “we still have your private and sensitive data” and claims that they will “ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble.” [CNN>
President Barack Obama revealed today that Sony "made a mistake" canceling 'the Interview release. Hours after the FB confirmed that North Korea was behind the devastating cyberattack, President Barack Obama said that he thought Sony made a mistake canceling the release of The Interview.
The President also reported that the United States would be responding to North Korea, although he didn't explain his plans.
"Sony is a corporation, it suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake," the president said.
"In this interconnected digital world, there are going to be opportunities for hackers to engage in cyber assaults, both in the private sector and in the public sector. Now, our first order of business is making sure we do everything we can to harden sites and prevent those kinds of attacks from taking place," Obama said.
At another point, he also said he wished the studio would've "spoken to me first. I would have told them do not get into a pattern in which you are intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks."
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