Apparently satisfied by Sony Pictures' decision to cancel the release of The Interview, the hackers responsible for the cyberattack against the studio have sent a new message suggesting they'll stop leaking private emails and corporate documents.
However, citing an anonymous source, CNN reports this latest communication also came with a warning for executives not to allow the release of the comedy in any way -- either through standard distribution channels or piracy -- and to immediately remove "everything related to the movie," including trailers.
If they don't, the hackers reportedly reminded Sony, "we still have your private and sensitive data." The studio declined to comment to CNN.
A group calling itself Guardians of Peace hacked Sony's servers in late November, in response to the planned Christmas release of The Interview, a comedy about a journalist and producer sent to North Korea by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Hackers leaked documents ranging from sensitive employee information to embarrassing emails from executives and producers to film scripts.
As troubling as those leaks were, the situation escalated this week when the hackers threatened violence against anyone who attended screenings of the The Interview, leading first to several major theater chains pulling the film and then to Sony canceling its release entirely.
That decision drew swift criticism from both Hollywood and Washington, D.C. According to Reuters, the U.S. government is expected to officially announce today that North Korea was behind the attack.