Sony’s New Films Leak On-line Following Hack Assault

A minimum of 5 new films from Sony Footage are being devoured on copyright-infringing file-sharing hubs on-line within the wake of the hack assault that hobbled the studio earlier within the week.

Copies of DVD screeners of 4 unreleased Sony films together with the upcoming "Annie" are getting some unwelcome early publicity, however nothing in comparison with the frenzy enveloping "Fury," the warfare pic nonetheless in theaters since bowing final month.

"Fury" has been downloaded by over 888,000 distinctive IP addresses since displaying up on peer-to-peer networks on Nov. 27, based on piracy monitoring agency Excipio. That is excessive sufficient to be the second most downloaded film presently being pirated, and it isn’t out of film theaters but.

One other massive Sony film, "Annie," can also be being pirated, this one three weeks forward of its personal vast launch. Different Sony films being downloaded embrace "Mr. Turner," "Nonetheless Alice" and "To Write Love on Her Arms." "The theft of Sony Footage Leisure content material is a felony matter, and we’re working intently with regulation enforcement to deal with it," a Sony spokeswoman stated in a press release to Selection.

A supply with information of the circumstances surrounding the hacking earlier this week divulged that the multi-title leak is probably going associated to the hacking. Most of the leaked copies are watermarked.

Within the assault on the studio’s company techniques Nov. 24, a picture of a skeleton appeared on firm computer systems with a message that stated, "Hacked by #GOP," with the group behind it calling itself "Guardians of Peace." The message threatened to launch "secrets and techniques and prime secrets and techniques" of the corporate. At present being investigated is a connection between upcoming Sony film "The Interview," and North Korea.

Sony’s outbreak marks the most important piracy incident since July, when Lionsgate noticed "Expendables three" pop up on-line three weeks earlier than its theatrical launch. Police arrested two males in London earlier this week in reference to the film.

Whereas "Fury" has emerged as a scorching ticket in file-sharing circles, the opposite Sony titles aren’t seeing as a lot sampling. "Annie" has been downloaded by over 184,000 distinctive IP addresses. Studio is hopeful "Annie" will not be pirated as a lot as a result of household movies aren’t topic to as a lot unlawful downloading as titles that skew extra towards younger males.

"Nonetheless Alice," "Mr. Turner" and "To Write Love on Her Arms" are seeing solely modest piracy exercise, all under one hundred,000 distinctive IP addresses since Nov. 27.

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— Reuters
First revealed November 30 2014, 9:thirteen AM