Sony cyber attack – the latest news

More hacked files released, The Interview premiere cancelled following online threats, two lawsuits issued…

It’s not a great time for Sony.

Last month, Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered a massive cyber attack that led to the leaking of movies, personal information, scripts and private emails, among other information still being released.

Earlier this month, Sony’s PlayStation Network suffered its second outage in four months.

Two days ago, an anonymous poster claiming to represent Guardians of Peace (GOP), the group that claimed responsibility for the hack, issued a rambling statement on Pastebin making threats against screenings of The Interview – the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which was seemingly the catalyst for the attacks.

GOP statement

The GOP statement, which has since been removed, said:

We have already promised a Christmas gift to you. This is the beginning of the gift…
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.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear.
Remember the 11th of September 2001.
We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)
Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
All the world will denounce the SONY.

Premiere cancelled

Although the statement was issued anonymously and the Department of Homeland Security said there was “no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot” against any cinemas, the New York premiere of The Interview was pulled today by cinema chain Landmark. Another cinema operator, Carmike Cinemas, also cancelled planned screenings at its 278 venues.

Asked by the New York Times this week if the Sony Hack was related to The Interview, Rogen said, “It could be some hacker that knew the situation with the movie and was using this as an opportunity to mess with a giant corporation.” He denied that the movie’s use of Mr Kim as its villain was controversial, saying: “it’s not an edgy position to take”.

North Korea thinks otherwise, praising the Guardians of Peace attack as a “righteous deed”, and describing The Interview as a “most blatant act of terrorism and war”. It denies being behind GOP, however.

Lawsuits

As if that wasn’t enough to contend with, Sony now faces two lawsuits from four former employees, who are suing the entertainment giant on behalf of those employees whose personal data was released by the hackers. Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton assured employees that hackers “won’t take us down”, but not all staff were happy.

The Associated Press (AP) reports that:

“Two employees sued Sony in federal court on Monday, alleging the company failed to secure its computer systems despite “weaknesses that it has known about for years,” and instead made a business decision to accept the risk.”

AP also states that: “On Tuesday, two former movie production workers sued Sony in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the company waited too long to notify employees that their data had been stolen. The case… alleges Sony violated California laws meant to protect sensitive financial and medical information.”

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