The hackers have a new warning and demand for Sony: remove all traces of The Interview or face serious reprisals. The new demand is coming off the heels of Sony caving in to the cyber terrorists and opting not to release the film in theaters. This time around, the hackers are demanding that the film not be released in any format. This means the removal of trailers, DVD and Blu-ray releases, pay-per-view showings, online viewings, and merchandise.
It has been reported that several top level executives at Sony Pictures received new email messages from hackers reminding them that they still have access to their personal and private data. The executives were also told that they made the right choice by choosing not to release the movie and releasing the film in any other format will only lead to further retribution.
Purportedly, part of the email reads:
“We will ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble.”
It’s clear from the warning that the hackers are demanding for the removal of all traces of The Interview. Basically, they want to erase the film from existence altogether. Of course, this isn’t possible. Even if Sony complies, the rest of the public will still be able to upload photos, trailer, and snippets of the film. In fact, the final scene of the film showing Kim Jong-Un’s death was just recently leaked, though later removed by the user.
So far, US officials have yet to confirm whether North Korea is the culprit and what responses it will take if this is indeed the case. The White House press secretary did say, though, that any responses from the U.S. will be “proportional,” which implies it will likely dish out its own form of cyber retaliation.
Sony got hacked back in November and caved in by making the decision to pull the film from its scheduled Christmas Day release. The response drew immense criticisms from the public as well as celebrities. Ex-presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued his own Twitter response on Dec 18 and recommended that Sony release the movie to the public for free via online viewing. With hackers wanting to remove all traces of The Interview, however, it looks like Sony may even be hesitant to do just that.[photo credit: prachatai]