Los Angeles: A hack attack into Sony Pictures' systems has led to several of their unreleased films leaking online.
Several DVD screener copies of new Sony movies such as 'Annie', Brad Pitt starrer 'Fury', 'Still Alice', 'Mr Turner' are among the pirated Sony titles that have seen brisk illegal download since the Monday hack by a group calling itself Guardians of Peace, according to Torrent Freak.
There are reports that the hackers made off with an estimated 11,000 gigabytes of files which contained sensitive data from the company. The hackers have warned Sony that the data would be released into the wild if their demands were not met.
According to a thread posted on Reddit, documents containing passport and visa information for cast and crew working on Sony movies, Outlook inboxes, documents detailing the company's IT systems, accounting and research information among other things.
A page on popular torrent site 1337x reveals that a user uploaded these and another upcoming Sony movie 'To Write Love on Her Arms'. While all of the leaked titles are proving popular, the Sony-watermarked 'Fury', the only leaked film that has released in the US theatres, is the second most downloaded movie among Pirate Bay users.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sony is reportedly investigating a possible North Korean link to the hack. The statement released by a North-Korean government-controlled website threatened the filmmakers of Sony's upcoming comedy The Interview with "stern punishment."
The plot of the film centers on two guys, played by Seth Rogen and James Franco, who are sent to North Korea to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un.