NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures’ film “The Interview” that referenced the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The group also released a trove of data files: what they called the beginning of a “Christmas gift.” But GOP, as the group is known, included a message warning that people should stay away from places where “The Interview” will be shown, including the upcoming premiere. Referencing 9/11, it urged people to leave their homes if located near theaters showing the film.
However, the Department of Homeland Security says there is “no credible intelligence” of any active plot.
“The Interview” is a comedy in which Seth Rogen and James Franco star as television journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Its New York premiere is scheduled for Thursday at Manhattan’s Landmark Sunshine on East Houston Street, and is expected to hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day. It premiered in Los Angeles last week.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, there are reports the studio has scaled back the glitz and stepped up the security for the premiere.
“Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures has made. The world will be full of fear,” the hackers wrote in their message.
“All the world will denounce the SONY,” they added.
According to entertainment newspaper “Variety,” the films’ stars have cancelled their media tour.