massive hack attack on Sony Pictures' network by a group calling themselves "#GOP," or Guardians of Peace, high-quality versions of several of the studio's newest films have hit piracy websites.
It seems like matters for Sony Pictures is getting worse with time. Sony Pictures Entertainment has reportedly begun investigating links to North Korea of the possible cyberattack occurred last week that made the studio’s internal email systems offline, which was still offline at the time of writing.
Now its five movie screeners – Annie, Fury, Still Alice, Mr. Turner and To Write Love on Her Arms – have made their way onto torrent file-sharing websites, though it has not been confirmed that the leak of all the films came from the same breach.
- "Still Alice" starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin – US release date: Jan 16, 2015
- "Mr Turner" starring Timothy Spall. – US release date: Dec 19, 2014
- "Annie" starring Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. – US release date: Dec 19, 2014
- "Fury" starring Brad Pitt – US release date: Oct 17, 2014
- "To Write Love on Her Arms" – US release date: March 2015
Except Fury, which was released in October, the other four movies have yet to hit the big screen, TorrentFreak reports. Previously it was reported that the hackers group #GOP compromised one of Sony Pictures’ servers, which caused all computers used by the studio to go down.
An image with the words "Hacked by #GOP" threatened the company with a list of unspecified demands and warned the company that it would release sensitive data if the movie studio didn't cooperate. So, it appears that this leak could be the first of such leaks.
Last week, Sony Pictures information-technology departments had instructed their staff to disconnect their computers and personal devices from the company's network, following the massive cyberattack.
By Friday, it was believed that the staff at the company were forced to do their work with pen and paper and that it could take up to three weeks to completely get out of the massive breach.
Sony could not immediately be reached for comment but told Variety it was working with law enforcement officials to investigate the massive cyberattack. "The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it," a Sony spokeswoman said in a statement.