As you read this story, you may think you are experiencing a bit of deja vu, but I would like to assure that this is not the case. Sony, which was already the victim of a huge hacking scandal in 2011, is once again the victim of a mass invasion of its network. This time the prey includes the Playstation Network and Sony Pictures itself, which had several of its films released online well before it was intended.
“Fury,” the David Ayer helmed World War II drama that is still in theaters, has been making the rounds online due to the break in, but even more terrible for the company several unreleased films are available to pirate right now. These films include “Annie,” “Still Alice,” “Mr. Turner” and “To Write Love On Her Arms” (the latter not meant to hit theaters until March of next year).
These films were easy targets for the hack due to the number of copies Sony had on hand while looking to send them to awards organization for the upcoming season. Now it appears many more eyes will be able to view and judge the films from their couches at home. But due to their lack of clout with the Hollywood Foreign Press or Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it’s fair to say that these are not the eyes Sony was hoping for.
The hack was committed by a group called the Guardians of Peace, a group claiming to be doing this based on outrage over the upcoming “The Interview.” The film portrays James Franco and Seth Rogen attempting to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Based on the content, it is assumed that the hacker group is North Korean. However, these claims have not been proven and may just be a red herring. What is confirmed is Sony’s disgust at themselves for letting another massive hack occur. A spokesperson for Sony said on Saturday, “The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it.”