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'Hackers' warn of 'bitter fate' for The Interview screenings

US security officials are investigating online threats against movie fans who go to see new film The Interview.

Warnings apparently from a hacking group which has released a string of internal e-mails from Sony promised a "bitter fate" for people headed in to see the film, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen.

The Interview stars James Franco and Seth Rogen Credit: Reuters

The Department for Homeland Security said it was still analysing the threats, but said there was "no credible intelligence" to suggest an active plot against movie theatres in the country.

As always, DHS will continue to adjust our security posture, as appropriate, to protect the American people.

This includes continued, regular information sharing with our state, local, federal and international partners, builds on ongoing work, such as enhanced protection at federal facilities.

– Department for Homeland Security spokesman

FBI spokeswoman Jenny Shearer confirmed the agency was also aware of the threats, and said it was investigating.

Sony Pictures sued for failing to protect employee data

Former Sony Pictures employees have launched legal action against their previous employer, saying the company failed to protect their data.

A lawsuit was filed against Sony on Monday and follows the news of a massive cyber attack on the Hollywood film studio last month which led to hackers leaking employees private emails to the public.

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Sony 'warns media not to report stories based on hacks'

Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal pictured this week. Credit: Reuters

Sony Pictures Entertainment is believed to have warned a number of news organisations to stop publishing information found in documents stolen by hackers.

The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety all said they had received a letter from an attorney for Sony, demanding that they destroy any documents obtained following the hacking and cease reporting on what they contain.

According to the New York Times, the letter said Sony "does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use" of the documents.

Sony had comment on the reports, while a spokesman for the attorney, David Boies, confirmed he had sent a letter without discussing any of its details.

The hacked documents have caused some embarrassment for the movie studio, with co-chairman Amy Pascal forced to apologise after some outlets reported on private emails in which she made jokes based on US President Barack Obama's race.

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Ben Haenow wins X Factor with 57% of the vote

Ben Haenow won the X Factor final this evening with 57% of the vote, X Factor said, and has been top of the public vote every week since overtaking Andrea Faustini in week four of the competition.

Ladbrooks said his win would cost millions for bookmaking industry as he headed into tonight's final as the odd-on 8/13 favourite.

'My dream has come true,' says Ben after X Factor win

X Factor winner Ben Haenow reacts after the result is announced. Credit: X Factor/ITV News

X Factor winner Ben Haenow has spoken of his shock after winning the show's final despite coming in to the night as underdog.

"I don't believe it. I don't believe it. Thank you so much," he said after the result was announced.

"My dream has come true. You can't imagine you are going to get to this point in the competition."

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