Sony hack: The Interview premiere cancelled in wake of ‘9/11’ threats

Threat made as Sony Pictures CEO’s inbox is released online in "a Christmas gift"

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Sony Picture’s hacking nightmare keeps getting worse, with the company cancelling the New York premiere of The Interview following threats that referenced 9/11.

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The North Korean assassination comedy, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, had been set to debut at Manhattan’s Sunshine Cinema on Tuesday night. However, a message apparently from the group who stole terabytes worth of information from Sony’s servers urged the company to “remember the 11th of September 2001,” before warning the public to stay away from cinemas showing the film: “We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.” The event was subsequently cancelled.

The ‘Guardians of Peace,’ as the hacking group calls itself, have been speculated to be connected to North Korea. Although the Pyongyang government denies any involvement, messages from the group have made several references to “the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the war.”

The Interview follows two American journalists tasked with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Although the film had its world premiere in LA last week without incident, Rogen and Franco have pulled out of a number of promotional appearances on late night chat shows.

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The hacker’s latest message coincides with another batch of information, containing personal emails from Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton. In it, they call the leak a “Christmas gift to you.”