On Sunday, Sony Pictures released a warning to news organizations against use of information leaked from their massive data breach. According to a Cnet article published on December 14, 2014, Sony Pictures attorney David Boies said, “We are writing to ensure that you are aware that SPE does not consent to your possession, review copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the stolen information” (Musil, 2014). Furthermore, the letter dictates that any news organization that fails to comply with these demands would be responsible for any damages as a result of the propagation. The release of Sony’s letter via their attorney came only one day after hackers released another (seventh in total) set of leaked documents, undoubtedly demonstrating that the sequential wave of leaked information is, in fact, a malicious campaign against Sony, and the letter from David Boies goes so far as to say that the leak is, “an on-going campaign explicitly seeking to prevent SPE from distributing a motion picture…using the dissemination of both private and company information for the stated purpose of materially harming SPE unless SPE submits and withdraws the motion picture from distribution” (Musil, 2014). The motion picture in question is the upcoming film “The Interview” in which two journalists aim to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
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