Sony threatens media with damages over “stolen information” leaked by hackers

Sony threatens media with damages over "stolen information" leaked by hackers(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – In the wake of the continuous attacks on Sony Pictures, the company is asking all media outlets to stop reporting on the leaked documents and emails from the Guardians of Peace hackers.

In a letter sent to news organizations over the weekend, Sony’s lawyer, David Boies, stated that the company will “have no choice but to hold you responsible for any damage or loss” if outlets have obtained any of the hacked documents,” the LA Times reports.

“We are writing to ensure that you are aware that SPE does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information,” wrote Boies.

However, attorney Jim Ewert, an attorney who concentrates on mostly 1st Amendment cases, said news outlets do have the right to publish documents leaked by hackers as long as they did not participate in any illegal activity regarding the documents and emails.

“So long as media outlets didn’t participate in the illegal taking of the information, they are protected in using the information in any way they see fit,” explained Ewert.

The group of hackers first started attacking the film studio in late November, shutting down Sony’s network system and leaking five major movies online.

Most recently the cyber criminals threatened employees and their families with threatening emails, as well as leaking documents revealing health records and medical conditions.