The ongoing hacking nightmare that Sony Pictures has been suffering for over a week now seemingly has gotten very personal. An email allegedly from the Guardians of Peace hackers showed up in the inboxes of a number of Sony employees this afternoon threatening them, their families, and saying the company will “collapse.” It also implied the action was an inside job, adding in broken English that “one beside you can be our member.”
“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,” the correspondence said (see the full email below). “This is getting very creepy,” said a source who received the email today. “We thought the worst was over.”
If Sony corporate thought the worst was over, they reacted fast Friday to the email.
“We understand that some of our employees have received an email claiming to be from GOP,” said a Sony spokesperson. “We are aware of the situation and are working with law enforcement.”
Sony had already been working with the FBI over the hacking that shut down the company’s computer system, revealed executive, employee and talent info and apparently leaked online five films including the still-in-theaters Fury and the yet-to-be-released Annie. In an email to staff Tuesday, Sony bosses Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, who had details of their financial arrangements with the company made public, called the hacking ““malicious criminal acts.”
Here is the email Sony employees received today:
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 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.