Sony hires cybersecurity firm following hacking attack, movie leak
Five new Sony films, including Annie and Fury, leaked online, after the studio was targeted in a hacking attack that began last week. Reuters reported Monday that Sony has hired cybersecurity firm Mandiant to help deal with the aftermath of the attack, and that the FBI is also investigating.
In addition to the Brad Pitt war movie, which is already out in theaters, and the upcoming musical starring Quvenzhané Wallis, other Sony movies to leak included Still Alice, Mr. Turner, and To Write Love on Her Arms. “The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it,” Sony told EW in a statement.
Variety reported that, according to a source, the leak of the movies is likely tied to the hacking that shut down Sony Pictures Entertainment’s network last week in which an image of a skeleton appeared on Sony computers with the message “Hacked by #GOP,” the acronym standing for “Guardians of Peace.”
According to a report from Re/code Friday, sources said that Sony “is exploring the possibility that hackers working on behalf of North Korea, perhaps operating out of China” are behind the hack. On Christmas, Sony is releasing the James Franco and Seth Rogen-starring The Interview, which features a plot to kill Kim Jong-un. A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman has called the release of the movie an “act of war.”