It looks as though at least five full movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment have leaked online following a high-profile hack… and they’re now circulating amongst torrent sites.
In the wake of this crippling hack attack, Sony’s latest (and even unreleased) movies have been unleashed online. And they include the likes of Brad Pitt’s Fury as well as the as-yet unreleased Annie. But who is responsible? And will Sony ever catch up with them?
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Copies of DVD screeners have now found their way onto torrent sites following the hacking of Sony’s systems back last week. And it looks as though Brad Pitt’s latest war epic Fury is being devoured by copyright-infringing fliesharers… with a whopping 888,000 downloads on 27 November.
That makes Fury the second most-pirated movie at the moment, and it hasn’t even left cinemas.
Perhaps most worrying is the online availability of Annie – a film which is still around three weeks from its general cinematic release.
“The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it,” said a Sony spokeswoman in a recent statement to Variety. And apparently, a source with knowledge of the recent hacking has explained that the high-profile leak is ‘likely’ related to the hack. “Many of the leaked copies are watermarked.”
Of course, the high-profile hacking resulted in an image of a skeleton appearing across the company’s computers, with a message reading “Hacked by #GOP” – a group calling itself the ‘Guardians of Peace’.
Although investigations are still on going, it’s currently speculated that the hacking may have something to do with the upcoming Seth Rogen film, The Interview – a film which is based on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un.
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Whether or not this turns out to be the case remains to be seen. But either way, it looks as though the hack cold end up costing Sony millions, if not billions of dollars. After all, the current download total for Fury stands at a whopping 1.2 million. And there are four other titles also available on torrent sites.
What do you think of these latest events? Who do you think is responsible for this high-profile hack? Let us know what you think in the comments below…