CNN Money has learned from a source within Sony that “Guardians of Peace,” the hackers who released personal emails of Sony executives and threatened violence if the movie The Interview was shown to the public, sent top executives of Sony an email Thursday night “crediting them for a ‘very wise’ decision to cancel” the release of the movie and promised as long as the movie never sees the light of day, the hack attacks and release of Sony information are over.
The source said that the company believes the email was from the hackers because it followed a pattern of previous messages, sent to a list of particular executives and formatted in a particular way.
A Sony spokesman declined to comment.
The hacker message is effectively a victory lap, telling the studio, “Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy.”
The message also says, “And we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately.”
It warns the studio executives that “we still have your private and sensitive data” and claims that they will “ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble.”
The email was titled “Message from GOP.” The anonymous hackers have called themselves “Guardians of Peace.”
Taking down “everything related to the movie, including its trailers” from the internet may be an impossible task, even for a company as large as Sony.
It is estimated that Sony has lost up to $100 million dollars by not releasing The Interview.
According to reports, on Friday afternoon the Feds will publicly “out” North Korea for responsibility in the hack attack:
Federal officials are expected to publicly blame the Sony Entertainment cyber-attack Friday on the North Korean government — apparently in response to their movie “The Interview.”
The FBI and the Justice Department will release their evidence prior to a news conference by President Barack Obama, who is expected to discuss the U.S. response.