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Email Threatens Lives of Sony Workers' Families

FBI is investigating
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2014 6:55 AM CST
Email Threatens Lives of Sony Workers' Families
Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – Whoever hacked Sony late last month has been releasing sensitive information about the company and its employees, including salaries and Social Security numbers. But things took a scarier turn yesterday when employees got an email threatening the lives of their families, reports Variety. The message in broken English asks the employees to sign a statement disavowing Sony. "If you don’t, not only you but your family will be in danger.”

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Both Sony and the FBI acknowledged the existence of the email and said they were investigating, reports the Los Angeles Times. It's written by someone who calls himself the "head of the GOP," referring to the Guardians of Peace group that has taken credit for the hack. The two leading theories are that it's the work of North Korea (because of a Seth Rogen movie) or a disgruntled employee. (It doesn't help that Sony had not-so-tight password security.)

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