Sony Pictures has issued legal threats to news organisations warning them not to publish information obtained and leaked by hackers during recent attacks on the company.
As the crisis continues to engulf the studio, and Sony as a whole, the entertainment giant has sent a three page letter to media institutions pledging to hold them responsible for any financial losses.
The company is attempting to stop sensitive data like film scripts, unreleased movies, personal details of employees (including medical records) and sensitive emails from top executives entering the public realm.
The letter from law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner reads: “Sony Pictures Entertainment does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information.”
Urging the media organisations to destroy any information it may receive, the company warned: “If you do not comply with this request, and the stolen information is used or disseminated by you in any manner, Sony Pictures Entertainment will have no choice but to hold you responsible for any damage or loss arising from such use or dissemination.”
The crisis is showing no sign of abating with the hacking collective, the Guardians of Peace (GoP), promising to release another trove of data it describes as a “Christmas gift.”
The hack is still thought to be in retaliation for the Seth Rogen movie The Interview in which two tabloid reporters are sent by the CIA to assassinate the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Although the country denies responsibility, it has called the hacks “a righteous act.”
The GoP has warned the data leaks will continue unless Sony Pictures pulls the movie.
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