The group that attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment’s network posted the first entry of what it's calling its “Christmas presents” on Tuesday, along with a warning to anyone who plans on going to see the Sony Pictures film The Interview—the movie that appears to be at the root of the group’s motives for its attack and dissemination of the company’s data. The "present" is apparently the personal e-mail box of Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton.
In a message posted to Pastebin and other text-sharing sites, someone claiming to be affiliated with the "Guardians of Peace" wrote:
We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear.
Remember the 11th of September 2001.
We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)
Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
All the world will denounce the SONY.
The leaked file has already been removed from a number of file sharing sites after legal demands from Sony. Meanwhile, Sony has retained attorney David Bois to fight the spread of the data stolen by the Guardians of Peace by confronting media companies over publication of the data. Bois has sent letters to a number of media companies insisting that they not publish material from the leaks. "We are writing to ensure that you are aware that SPE does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading, or making any use of the Stolen Information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the Stolen Information," the letter stated.