Less than a week ago, Sony was a victim of a very massive cyberattack. All of their computers were shut down and their email communication was cut off (and was still not working this Saturday). The attackers, who identified themselves as the #GOP (a.k.a. Guardians of Peace), asked for their demands to be met, otherwise they would release some stoles Sony “secrets.”
Now it appears that the #GOP group of hackers started holding true to its threats. Currently, five unreleased Sony Pictures movies (4 not yet in the theaters, one not yet on DVD/BluRay) have appeared on a number of peer-to-peer Torrent sites, such as the Pirate Bay.
- Still Alice – starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin – US release date: Jan 16, 2015
- Mr Turner – starring Timothy Spall. – US release date: Dec 19, 2014
- Annie – starring Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. – US release date: Dec 19, 2014
- Fury – starring Brad Pitt – US release date: Oct 17, 2014
- To Write Love on Her Arms – US release date: March 2015
Re/code has reported, that Sony is looking into a possible connection between the attack and the North Korea. According to the article, it’s highly suspicious that the attack happened a month before a movie called “The Interview” was to be released. In short, The Interview is a comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong-Un. What’s more, the North Korea even openly threatened with a “merciless retaliation” if the movie is released. It is important to note that this is only a theory at this point, officially backed by nothing more than a suspicion and some coincidences.