Latest developments in the ongoing Sony Pictures hack investigation
North Korea has verbally fired back at allegations that it is behind the Sony Pictures attack. Calling the recent FBI statement identifying the country as the culprit "groundless slander," the country is demanding a joint investigation into the hack, with the country's experts and US law enforcement working side-by-side. If the US should refuse, North Korea's foreign ministry promised "grave consequences," presumably to US interests. The government of North Korea continues to deny that they hack, which has caused an estimated $100 million of damage to Sony Pictures, not including less tangible problems, can on the country.
Statement from FBI notes similarities between Sony Pictures hack and other intrusions by North Korea
[Updated with comments from President Barack Obama] North Korea is responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has now announced. The statement about the agency's investigation into the intrusion of the movie studio's computer network, and subsequent leaks, comes at the same time as messages supposedly coming from the hackers wanting Sony to do more than halt the release of "The Interview" movie.
Team America prevented from being replacement for The Interview in cinemas
The fallout from the Sony Pictures hack continues, and is now affecting more than just The Interview. Theaters planning to screen Team America: World Police instead of the James Franco movie have been stopped from doing so, while a number of celebrities have all denounced Sony Pictures' decision to withdraw The Interview from distribution, and the White House has refused to comment on the hack investigation.
FBI, diplomats had previously denied direct North Korean involvement
US government officials now believe North Korea is, in fact, behind the attack of Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer system and subsequent data leaks, according to reports. The government is also said to be preparing to make an official statement about its findings, which may arrive as soon as tomorrow, though apparently there is still some internal debate as to what kind of response to make to the insular country. Previously, the FBI had said it had "no evidence" of a direct North Korean connection, though the country was suspected from the outset.
Stars pull out of promotional activities over threats to audience
[Updated with Sony canceling the film's release] People intrigued by Sony Pictures movie The Interview may reconsider watching it in the cinemas at release, as a message appears to directly threaten its viewers. A posting claimed to be from the Guardians of Peace, the group supposedly behind the hacking of Sony's corporate network, appears to suggest some form of major incident will take place at premieres.
Request to stop reporting details of Sony Pictures leaks sent to news outlets
Sony Pictures has requested the media not to report the contents of leaks stemming from a major intrusion at the company last month. The movie studio has written to a number of sites and organizations, telling them that the gigabytes of confidential employee, financial, and other corporate data must be deleted, and to cease publishing details gleaned from the information.
Leaked information reveals potential legal tactics and meetings with Google execs
A disturbing new email leak sent to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton in 2012 has revealed a secret meeting between officials from the Department of Homeland Security and representatives from Google that was focused on methods by which the various groups could hobble or block sites known for hosting pirated materials. Meetings also occurred between the MPAA and an unnamed national law-firm across 2013 to discuss methods to force ISPs to block sites hosting or aggregating pirated content.
Employs DDoS attacks, enlists Amazon Web Services to block distribution
In a surprising twist to the ongoing saga of an attack on Sony Pictures' internal computer system by unidentified hackers (likely to be from North Korea), the studio is starting to fight back by leveraging Amazon Web Services to carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on identified servers that contain files stolen from Sony over the last month. Taking a page from its own playbook, the media conglomerate is flooding suspect servers with dummy files, a sequel of sorts to anti-piracy attacks carried out by the firm in conjunction with Media Defender seven years ago.
Continued data leaks, attacks threatened if movie release halted
Hackers behind the Sony Pictures intrusion have made a more public demand for the company to stop the release of an upcoming film. The demand from the "Guardians of Peace" is accompanied by another large release of internal data, with information about aliases used by celebrities, as well as more contact information for the stars and their assistants.
Alleged 'Guardians of Peace' leader sent email demanding Sony 'behave wisely'
The Sony Pictures hack attack has taken a dark turn. A mass email in broken English went out to employees whose data was stolen by the so-called "Guardians of Peace," demanding that recipients return the email, or "not only you but your family will be in danger." In the email, the attackers are demanding that employees "make your company behave wisely" in order to stop future incidents by the hack group.
Personal data belonging to Sylvester Stallone, Rebel Wilson leaked in hack
The Sony Pictures data breach may be bigger than originally believed, as reports claim a lot more people than the 6,000 employees have been affected. Personal data including Social Security numbers for more than 47,000 current and former employees were apparently involved in the leak, including information relating to famous celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone and Rebel Wilson.
Anti-North Korea comedy "The Interview" scheduled to be released December 25
Despite previously calling a movie soon to be released by Sony Pictures an "act of war," North Korea has denied any involvement in the seemingly-ongoing studio hack. An anonymous diplomat from the country has refuted state involvement in the data theft, and claims that North Korea has "publicly declared that it would follow international norms banning hacking and piracy."
Fury, Annie, other leaked films shared over 1M times collectively
A number of Sony movies have been leaked following the Sony Pictures hack last week, according to reports. At least five movies are circulating on file-sharing sites, and while unreleased films including Mr Turner and Annie are being pirated before a theatrical release, the recent Fury is claimed to be receiving a considerable amount of attention, despite still being shown in cinemas.
Data held ransom until unknown demands are met, company calling it an 'IT matter'
Sony Pictures employees were greeted by a message from hackers when they attempted to log in for work this morning, as a group reportedly seized control of all computers in the company. According to the images appearing on the Sony computers, the hacking group referring to itself as #GOP said it would continue until "requests be met."
Fincher out, Boyle in as director; Bale out, DiCaprio in as Jobs
Following the alleged pullout of planned director David Fincher -- and possibly his choice to play the title role, Christian Bale -- the latest speculation on Sony Pictures' Steve Jobs biopic has it that the studio is now talking to Danny Boyle to helm the multi-million dollar movie, and goes on to say that Boyle's choice for the Jobs role is Leonard DiCaprio. Boyle, best known for Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, is rumored to be the leading candidate following Fincher's walkout over fees and marketing control demands, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Wanted Christian Bale in the role of Jobs, $10M fee, marketing control
Those hoping for a reunion of the team that made The Social Network into a critical and commercial success will be disappointed to learn that -- at least for now -- that film's director, David Fincher, is off the Sony Pictures "Steve Jobs" project, according to industry trade reports. Fincher, along with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, was set to tackle Sony's big-budget interpretation of Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, but has pulled out over the issue of fees and marketing control, sources claim.
Social Network writer signs on for Steve Jobs film
Aaron Sorkin -- a writer for The West Wing, Sports Night, and HBO's upcoming The Newsroom -- has officially signed on to script Sony Pictures' forthcoming biopic about the late Steve Jobs. The film will be based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography on the Apple co-founder.
LulzSec member admits to hacking Sony
The original LulzSec team was dealt a hit Thursday after member Cody Kretsinger pleaded guilty to his role in the Sony Pictures hack from last year. He agreed to accept convictions over charges of both conspiracy and "unauthorized impairment of a protected computer" in return for a deal. The admission was a reversal of an earlier not guilty plea.
Deal includes both TV shows and movies.
Amazon's UK-based Lovefilm has closed a deal with Sony Pictures Television. The arrangement will give subscribers to the media rental and downloading service exclusive streamed access to Sony's current TV series as well as past shows. Also included will be future movie releases from Sony.
Sony wants Jobs bio as movie
A rumor late Friday asserted that Sony Pictures was already negotiating a deal for the movie rights to the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. Sony would pay between $1 million to $3 million just to get access, Deadline understood. The movie would be produced by Mark Gordon and Management 360 under their MG360 partnerhsip.
Xbox 360 to bring TV content as soon as next week
The latest update in Microsoft's bid to bring TV content to Xbox 360 Live has the new content arriving on its game console subscription service as early as next week. Microsoft is engaged in talks on the matter with many content providers and cable companies, with Comcast and Verizon chief among them. A source who couldn't speak publicly revealed these details.
Over 177k e-mails said to be taken
A team of hackers has claimed responsibility for yet another attack aimed at Sony. The duo, which is said to include a Lebanese student and a French associate, claims to have utilized a method known as SQL injection to breach the Sony Pictures France website and gain access to the company's internal correspondence. Over 177,000 e-mails were allegedly copied, though just 70 were consequently published on Pastebin.
LulzSec member said arrested, Sony code stolen
LulzSec, a group of hackers that has recently attacked Sony Pictures and an FBI-affiliated site has now offered up stolen code from Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network using its Twitter account. Making good on its promise, a 54MB file containing the code is made available. At the same time, a rumor of an arrest of one of the members of the group is circulating.
Lulz Security hits Sony again in security message
Sony was embarrassed again on Thursday after Lulz Security posted that it had successfully hacked Sony Pictures' website. It lived up to its earlier promise and used a basic SQL injection attack to expose one million users' personal data, 3.5 million digital coupons and 75,000 music codes. The hacking team found that the information had few defenses and that none of the data, even including passwords, were stored in clear text.