In a new twist in the Sony hacking scandal, some of Sony's employees received email threats on Friday. The threats are allegedly from Guardians of Peace (GOP), the group that claims to have illegally released four unreleased Sony Pictures films among other information. The garbled email, posted on The Hollywood Reporter, suggests a larger scheme, with Sony serving as the first target. The author of the email, who claims to be the leader of GOP, seems to be asking recipients to sign something renouncing Sony, threatening the employees and their families if they fail to comply. Here is the slightly inscruitable note:
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.
A Sony representative told The Hollywood Reporter that it is working with law enforcement to handle the threat. They are also working with the FBI and cybersecurity firm Mandiant in response to the hacking.