Breaking silence over the recent hacking incidents, tech giant Sony Pictures Entertainment has reportedly warned numerous media outlets against using or publishing the “stolen” corporate information that were compromised by unidentified hackers.
In a strongly worded letter, the company acknowledged the voluminous and embarrassing leak of its internal e-mails and other materials and cautioned the media to make it public in any way.
Three media houses, named The New York Times, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, published the stories reporting about the letter received by them from Sony’s attorney David Boies, demanding them to stop reporting the leaked information and also asked them to destroy the data immediately.
The corporate information, particularly e-mails, offered an extraordinary glimpse of the inner working mechanism of one of the world’s best-known corporations.
Sources said that last month’s massive cyber attack of Sony Pictures included crucial data ranging from executives’ e-mails withering actors to leaked personal information.
According to the reports, the initial stories based on the leaked data went viral among the news mongers as well as absorbed days of coverage last week. This also illuminated all of the high-powered dealings, petty wrangling and ego clashed that has come to define Hollywood.
Asking for cooperation from the media houses in destroying and not publishing the stolen information, Sony Pictures in the letter said, “Does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading, or making any use of the stolen information.”
In the letter, the company cautioned, “If you do not comply with this request and the stolen information is used or disseminated by you in any manner, Sony Pictures Entertainment will have no choice but to hold you responsible for any damage or loss arising from such use or dissemination by you.”
Sony has also threatened legal action against the news organizations that have failed to pay heed to its request.