On Friday, Variety reported that Sony Pictures Entertainment employees received an e-mail from hackers threatening their families. Sources told Variety that employees were told to turn off their phones after receiving the message. The e-mail is just the latest affront to Sony in the last two weeks since it was hacked in late November. Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered a devastating blow to its internal corporate network at the hands of hackers who promptly released passwords, e-mails, identification documents for cast and crew members of Sony’s productions, business documents listing salaries, and media files from employees’ computers.
Hackers have struck again at Sony Pictures Entertainment, threatening employees of the studio in a new email obtained by Variety. The group taking credit for the hack, which calls itself “Guardians of Peace” and first hacked Sony on Nov. 24, said it planned to eradicate all of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The author of the email wrote in English and made only a single demand. “Please sign your name to object the false (sic) of the company at the email address below if you don’t want to suffer damage. If you don’t, not only you but your family will be in danger.” Employees were told to turn off their handheld devices after receiving the message, according to insiders at Sony. “We are aware of the situation and are working with law enforcement,” a spokesman said in a statement. On Thursday, North Korea denied its involvement in the ongoing data breach after media outlets said the attack was a response to Sony’s new movie “The Interview,” in which Seth Rogen and James Franco attempt to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.