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Stop reporting on leaked data: Sony lawyer

Legal rep sends letter to media demanding end to reportage on material stolen in cyber raid

Stop reporting on leaked data: Sony lawyer
The 24 November attack incapacitated PCs and network infrastructure for over a week.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Sony Pictures Entertainment yesterday wrote to a number of media outlets demanding they stop publishing excerpts from documents stolen from the Hollywood studio during a recent cyber-attack, Reuters reported.

The attack on 24 November, by a group known as Guardians of Peace (GOP), incapacitated PCs and network infrastructure for over a week and may have cost the company as much $100m. Stolen data included DVD-format copies of upcoming movies and an early draft of the script for "SPECTRE", the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise. Data also included employee salaries and financial information, marketing plans and contracts with business partners.

The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety all claim to be recipients of the letter from David Boies, attorney for Sony. He reportedly wrote that Sony "does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use" of the stolen material.

New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said: "Any decisions about whether or how to use any of the information will take into account both the significance of the news and the questions of how the information emerged and who has access to it."

GOP, alleged by a number of media outlets to be in league with the North Korean government, has pledged yet more leaks.

"We are preparing for you a Christmas gift," the group announced on Pastebin. "The gift will be larger quantities of data. And it will be more interesting."

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