WikiLeaks on Thursday released more than 276,394 documents containing emails, financial data and contact details pertaining to Sony Pictures hack. Dubbed as ‘Sony Files Part 2’, the latest leak appears to have a connection with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s third anniversary since his encampment in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The new leak dumps more than 30,000 documents compared to the ones released in April, which was announced on Twitter along with a link to the archive. WikiLeaks believes that the documents leaked are of public interest as Sony is a big conglomerate with ties to the US military and White House, thereby having the potential to have an impact policies and regulations.
Reports also suggest that the latest leaks include vast amounts of information ranging from travel calendars, event expenses, celebrity endorsement, contact details and more spanning decades and multiple employees.
Sony Pictures, part of the Japanese group Sony, was initially hacked last November, which was believed to be in connection with a Hollywood motion picture ‘The Interview’, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen posing as TV journalists, who were recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The attack shut down much of Sony’s computer networks giving hackers access to sensitive information, which included messages from Angelina Jolie to former Sony executive Amy Pascal, Emma Stone’s phone number and email, along with a fees tussle among Jennifer Lawrence with her co-stars in the movie ‘American Hustle’.
“In about a 30-second span, I hit ‘Select All’ and ‘Delete Forever,’ and thousands of emails, like six years of emails, are now gone forever. I was just so freaked out that someone was in there,” Stone recently told the WSJ.
The attack was later traced back to North Korea, confirmed FBI Director James Comey. He revealed that hackers who called themselves as ‘Guardians of Peace’, used proxy servers to conceal their identities, though later got sloppy’ which allowed feds to trace them to IP’s “exclusively used by the North Koreans.”
Sony is undeniably not happy about the situation as it could lead to further embarrassment for the Japanese giant. In April, Sony tried to pounce and deemed the leaks as unethical, also threating to sue Twitter. Though, on the contrary, Sony found itself on the receiving end when its two former employees sued the company for its inefficiency to maintain and protect sensitive employee information.
Sony in the meantime has issued several letters, warning websites that legal actions will be taken if the contents of the leak are posted or used.