Sony Entertainment Pictures movies leaked online following cyber attack

There hasn’t been a great deal of information made available about the paralysing cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment late last month, but there’s been plenty of conjecture.

The latest round of speculation has discussed the possible link between the cyber attack and the release of five new Sony titles that have been making the rounds on file-sharing networks. The five films – Fury, Annie, Mr. Turner, Still Alice and To Write Love on Her Arms – have all been made available on file-sharing networks in “DVD Screen version quality”.

Although Fury has been out since October, it’s not yet available on DVD. Annie hasn’t even reached the cinemas yet and isn’t due to until 19 December.

According to piracy tracking firm Excipio, Fury has been downloaded 1.2 million times and Annie over 206,000.

“A criminal matter”

Sony is yet to confirm the authenticity of the leak, but has been quoted as saying: “The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it.”

Many of the leaked copies are watermarked, suggesting that these leaks are genuine. But we can’t rely on that as proof.

North Korea

It’s not taken long for people to start pointing fingers at who might be responsible for this attack. Hacking group “Guardians of Peace” have claimed responsibility for the attack but their motives are still unknown.

There is currently an investigation underway on the connection between upcoming Sony movie The Interview and North Korea. In July, North Korea complained to the United Nations that the film, which will be released on 25 December, was “the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as a war action”.

Clean up

It was announced today that Sony has hired Fireye’s Mandiant team, a specialist cyber forensic team, to clean up the aftermath of this large-scale attack.

It’s been rumoured that 11TB of data was stolen in the attack, leaving Mandiant with one hell of a job to do.

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