An archive containing 73,132 emails and 30,287 documents that were stolen as part of the 2014 Sony Pictures hack, have today been released via Wikileaks.
Late last year Sony Pictures was hacked and was thought to be the work of North Korea in retaliation for the depiction and satire of their leader; Kim Jong-Un in the movie “The Interview”.
The hack not only made the headlines because of “The Interview“ but because the documents also included titles and scripts of upcoming movies from Sony Pictures, the salaries of actors who appeared in “The Interview” and private email exchanges between celebrities and Sony. As well as full movies including Sony’s adaptation of the musical Annie and even e-mail exchanges discussing the future of Spiderman with Marvel Studios and we all know how that turned out!
Sony was forced to pull “The Interview” from theaters after the hackers issued terrorist threats resulting Sony releasing it via online services making “The Interview” the most downloaded movie from the Google Play Store. United States President Barrack Obama then publicly addressed the hack and Sony’s decision stating; “Sony made a mistake”. The movie was eventually released in theaters, but the damage was already done with Sony left will millions of lost revenue.
President Obama has since then made moves against cyber threats, such as the establishment of a new cybersecurity agency and the recent order for the American government to authorize sanctions against individuals or entities who threaten US national security. That’s grown up talk for; “We will look for you, we will find up… and we will kill you.” I’m pretty sure he really wanted to quote that movie.
Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said in a press release. “It is newsworthy and at the center of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there.”
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