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Hackers Release Seventh Data Dump From Sony Pictures

Hackers Release Seventh Data Dump From Sony Pictures

by Carter GraydonDecember 17, 2014

In what is being called one of the worst cyber-attacks in recent history, a hacking group calling itself Guardians of Peace have crippled Sony Pictures Entertainment. Hackers have released a steady stream of sensitive corporate data which includes correspondence between senior executives discussing topics ranging from salary, finances, politics and opinions on actors and actresses.

Recently the hackers posted a message containing links to what they are claiming is the seventh archive of data stolen from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The latest documents contain internal PowerPoint presentations on Grouper, a video site Sony acquired in 2006 and renamed Crackle. There even appears to be a file directory from former Sony Pictures executive Jim Underwood labeled, “junderwood.” In the posted message, there were also suggestions of what would be included in forthcoming releases.

Investigators working for Sony believe that the group behind the attacks in linked to North Korea. While North Korea has denied any involvement, they have called the hack a “righteous deed”. North Korea has condemned the upcoming Sony-produced film “The Interview,” starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The film is about two American tabloid-TV reporters who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong-un during an interview. North Korea has called the film “an act of war” and lobbied for the UN and the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to stop the film’s release.

James Bond and Spider-Man Compromised

Sony storeSony has been retaliating from these hacks by counter-hacking to keep its leaked files from spreading across torrent sites. Sony has also reportedly demanded that at least three media outlets stop reporting stories based on documents obtained by the hackers. The New York Times, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter each published stories claiming that they had received letters from David Boies, a Sony attorney, saying the documents were “stolen information.” The letter demanded that the outlets to avoid the hacked documents and destroy the ones already obtained.

The latest information released has compromised James Bond and Spider-Man. Early drafts for the new Bond film ‘Spectre’ was included, and emails reportedly suggest “Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield might get booted from the series.

Images from Kobby Dagan, testing and and Shutterstock.

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  • Landvættir

    called it a “righteous deed” perhaps?…

  • zash

    Am I the only one enjoying this? I mean after buying a ps4 just so I can realize that it cant even play mp3… thousand bucks for a computer that cant play mp3 in 2014. Take it up the arse Sony. Thats what you get for not letting people play video files even after long awaited firmware update.

  • christopheB

    Is The Interview included ?

    • Paul Madore

      I wish. Every torrent out there claiming to be it has been a fake. I should think that the owners of the content will wind up leaking it themselves if this theater business keeps up.

  • When it’s Pirates vs. Usurers, the pirates always win.