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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it has no evidence to suggest that a "terror" threat made by hackers against movie theaters and theatergoers - in relation to the release of the forthcoming Sony Pictures Entertainment comedy "The Interview" - is credible.


While DHS confirms that it's aware of the threat, the agency says in a statement that "at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States."


The response from DHS follows the release of a message from a group that calls itself the Guardians of Peace. "Remember the 11th of September 2001," the group warns. "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places 'The Interview' be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. ... We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you'd better leave.)"

The warning was contained in a message posted Dec. 16 to the FriendPaste and Pastebin text-sharing websites, by "G.O.P.," following the group's damaging Nov. 24 wiper malware attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, as well as its ongoing anti-Sony public relations campaign, which to date has seen the group reportedly release tens of gigabytes of stolen Sony data.

In response to G.O.P.'s threat, Sony Pictures has told theaters that it will allow them to decide whether they want to show the film. On Dec. 16, Carmike Cinemas - the fourth-largest U.S. exhibitor, by number of screens - said it won't show the film, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Interview, which is due to have its U.S. release on Christmas Day, stars James Franco and Seth Rogan - who also co-directed - as a tabloid TV reporting team who land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, but who get approached by the CIA to instead assassinate him.

In response to G.O.P.'s threat against theaters and movie-goers, some Hollywood luminaries have responded by publicly pledging to see the film.