Unreleased Movies Shared on the Internet After a Cyber Attack

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(Newswire.net — December 1, 2014)  — Brad Pitt’s “Fury” is now free to download from illicit websites and torrents like Pirate Bay, as hackers broke into the Sony Pictures entertainment server downloaded and shared at Pirate Bay.  

Among titles that are still in the theatres, hackers downloaded some movies yet to come such as the remake of the musical “Annie.” According to Variety, at list five screener copies of unreleased Sony Pictures movies has been downloaded and shared.

The FBI is reportedly involved in the investigation into the apparent leak.

“The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it,” a Sony Pictures spokesperson said in a statement.

On Sunday, “Fury,” which is still in theaters, and “Annie,” scheduled to premiere December 19, were both on the Top 100 downloaded movies list of the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, along with forthcoming Sony films — “Still Alice,” “Mr. Turner,” and “To Write Love on Her Arms”.

In addition, cyber-attack disrupted Sony Pictures’ computer systems causing corporate email to be crippled. The company is still recovering from the attack and some employees are forced to rely entirely on their phones for communication.  

So far, there is no confirmation if “Guardians of Peace”, a hacker group which took credit for the last week’s attack, commenced this attack.

According to Re/code, Sony is exploring a possibility a North Korean hacker group may be behind the attack, because Sony is about to release “The Interview.” A plot of the comedy film, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, entails an attempted assassination of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

The comedy is scheduled to be released on December 25. However, unlike “Fury” and “Annie”, it does not appear to be circulating online.

The Pyongyang Foreign Ministry spokesman warned that this movie represent ‘an act of war’ called it “undisguised terrorism and a war action.”

“Those who defamed our supreme leadership and committed the hostile acts against the DPRK can never escape the stern punishment to be meted out,” the representative said.