Sony Pictures Entertainment is looking into the possibility North Korean hackers were responsible for taking down the studio’s corporate network last week, according to Re/Code. The attack has shut down Sony Pictures Entertainment’s email and other computer systems.
Several Sony Pictures movies have also been leaked due to the hack. DVD-screeners of several movies, mostly unreleased, have been uploaded according to TorrentFreak.
The movies affected include ‘Fury’ (already in theaters), ‘Still Alice’ (releases Jan. 16), ‘Mr. Turner’ (releases Dec. 19) and ‘Annie’ (releases Dec. 19).
“While all of the leaked titles are proving popular, the Sony-watermarked ‘Fury’ is way out in front and currently the second most downloaded movie among Pirate Bay users,” TorrentFreak reports.
Yeah, I bet Sony Pictures execs are furious right now. Unreleased movies already out in the wild is bound to hurt their bottom line.
So, why the finger-pointing at North Korea? Besides that area of the world being notorious for hackers, an upcoming movie could also be the reason. ‘The Interview’ stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as they clumsily try to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
It’s a bit of a stretch, but Sony and security consultants are looking into the idea.
The group behind the attack calls themselves #GOP. GOP stands for “Guardians of Peace.” Right now, the computers at Sony Pictures have this image on it.
Sony Pictures employees have resorted to archaic means of communications. “We even fired up our fax machine,” one person told the LA Times. Ha! I bet they had to find the user guide to figure out how to use it.
One thing is for sure. If Sony can reach whoever did it, criminal charges will be coming.