Quoted: Sony hackers reportedly threaten U.S. news organization

“If a news organization is attacked in the same manner Sony was, it could put countless sensitive sources in danger of being exposed — or worse.”

Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, on a report that says the Sony hackers also threatened an unnamed U.S. news organization. The Intercept obtained an FBI/Department of Homeland Security bulletin stating that the hackers’ “threats have extended to USPER2 — a news media organization — and may extend to other such organizations in the near future.”

The hackers, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace, claim responsibility for the hack attack on Sony Pictures more than a month ago, which wreaked havoc in the form of leaked personal information of Sony employees, correspondence among executives, salary information and more. The U.S. believes North Korea was responsible for the attack, which was meant to stop the release of “The Interview.” The movie is about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. After initially saying it would not release the movie — and getting criticized for it — Sony changed its mind. “The Interview” is now playing in select theaters and online.


Photo: Posters for “The Interview.” (AFP/Getty Images) 


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