Sony is in an extremely difficult situation currently, as the hacker group calling itself #GOP (Guardians of Peace) continue to attack the company. You would think that uploading unreleased movies like 'Annie' to file sharing websites, leaking internal Sony documents and revealing employees salaries, social security networks and account passwords would have been enough, but apparently, that's not the case. The hacker group continues on its destructive war path with Sony's employees receiving threatening messages via email yesterday.
According to Variety, the mail was written in broken English and only made 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.
The full mail can be read below:
I am the head of GOP who made you worry.
Removing Sony Pictures on earth is a very tiny work for our group which is a worldwide organization. And what we have done so far is only a small part of our further plan. It’s your false if you think this crisis will be over after some time. All hope will leave you and Sony Pictures will collapse. This situation is only due to Sony Pictures. Sony Pictures is responsible for whatever the result is. Sony Pictures clings to what is good to nobody from the beginning. It’s silly to expect in Sony Pictures to take off us. Sony Pictures makes only useless efforts. One beside you can be our member.
Many things beyond imagination will happen at many places of the world. Our agents find themselves act in necessary places. Please sign your name to object the false 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.
Nobody can prevent us, but the only way is to follow our demand. If you want to prevent us, make your company behave wisely.
The content of the letter is distressing and reportedly the company is actively working with the FBI to apprehend the individual or group of individuals involved in the case. Reportedly, the FBI also issued a statement following the email:
The FBI is aware of threatening emails that have been received by some employees at Sony Pictures Entertainment. We continue to investigate this matter in order to identify the person or group responsible for the recent attack on the Sony Pictures network. Recent events underscore the persistence and maliciousness of harmful cyber criminals, and the FBI will continue to identify and apprehend those who pose a threat in cyberspace.
Although, it is alleged that the hacking group is associated with North Korea, the country has since then firmly denied its involvement with the issue.