Bond script was casualty in Sony Pictures hack

‘SPECTRE’ outed as victim while reports emerge of DDoS counterstrike

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Bond script was casualty in Sony Pictures hack From left to right: Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci, during an event to launch the 24th James Bond film 'SPECTRE' at Pinewood Studios on 4 December, 2014. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  December 14, 2014

Eon Productions, the film studio behind the James Bond franchise, this weekend revealed that an early version of the latest 007 script "SPECTRE" was among sensitive documents and media files stolen from Sony Pictures Entertainment as part of a devastating cyber-attack.

"Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents," the company said in a statement, also reminding the public that the script is protected by UK copyright laws.

The revelation came just a day after widespread reporting of a DDoS counter-attack by Sony against the websites that held its sensitive data. According to tech site Re/code, Sony used "hundreds of computers in Asia" to execute the counterstrike, citing one inside source that claimed Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure had been used as part of the operation.

Amazon has been quick to respond to the claims referring to use of its infrastructure, saying the "activity being reported is not currently happening on AWS".

"AWS employs a number of automated detection and mitigation techniques to prevent the misuse of our services," the company told Re/code.

Such an attack by Sony would constitute a crime in many countries and, as cyber security firm Incapsula advised, could be counter-productive.

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654 days ago
Ahmed Ali

They have a script with Bond films? I thought a computer generated like Ad-Libs the plot line.

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