Whoever is actually behind the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment knows how to play to the public’s imagination on the same super-sized scale as their targets in the film industry do for a living.

Noting how this story could make a good film plot is not only too obvious, but at this point would cross into callous territory, as the hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace has already wreaked professional havoc in Hollywood and is now threatening American moviegoers’ physical safety.

Variety’s Brent Lang brought word of #GOP’s latest salvo Tuesday:

The Sony hackers have threatened a 9/11-like attack on movie theaters that screen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s North Korean comedy “The Interview,” substantially escalating the stakes surrounding the release of the movie.

The attackers also released the promised “Christmas gift” of files. The contents of the files are unknown but it’s called “Michael Lynton,” who is the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“The world will be full of fear,” the message reads. “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.”

Entertainment, global commerce and international politics are forming a troubling new configuration that could set a precedent for other cyber-savvy provocateurs, and though this latest threat may amount to a showy bluff, it’s too risky to make that call now.

In other related news, Variety also reported Tuesday that SPE has also become the target of a class-action lawsuit filed by a pair of former employees as a result of the hack attack.

Meanwhile, “The Interview” star Seth Rogen, along with high-profile supporters like celeb comrade Brad Pitt and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, have launched their own campaign against media outlets they believe have mishandled the illegally plundered information about Sony to the degree that they are complicit in carrying out part of the #GOP hackers’ shady plan.

–Posted by Kasia Anderson


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