Sony Pictures faces security issues as Wikileaks, a web portal 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails shared among 2,200 SPE email users that were stolen from the studio last year by hackers. Those archives exhibited the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. Wikileaks ensured that these documents will be always available to the public even after all the legalities Sony has made to push users away from the material.
The data has been uploaded in the form of fully searchable archive, surfacing emails that connect current CEO Michael Lynton to the RAND Corporation, a U.S. military research organization. All the data is sourced from those existing files that were hacked last year where the U.S. government has attributed to North Korea allegedly in response to Sony’s Kim Jong-un-skewering “The Interview.” However, Sony reacted harshly to this act. The original attack was a deliberate one and Sony strongly condemns the indexing of stolen employee and other private and privileged information.
The documents contain private legal opinions as well as sensitive conversations between executives, many of which were the subject of reports in the wake of the hack. There are documents that state about the connections between Sony and the Democratic Party, from “SPE’s CEO Michael Lynton attending dinner with President Barack Obama at Martha’s Vineyard. The data was initially released through torrent files, but the release was sporadic and the torrents have long since dropped off the web.
The data in question had already been obtained by a number of journalists, but it was not widely available to the public and technical issues made it cumbersome for casual searches. The data also revealed details of Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton’s activities on the Snapchat board, including the company’s brief interest in launching a music label.
Sony Pictures executive Amy Pascal was fired following the leaks, due in large part to a published argument with Scott Rudin over Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming Steve Jobs film. Simultaneously, many of the emails brought important news stories to light, including the MPAA’s ongoing campaign against Google, a campaign the group referred to as “Project Goliath.” The emails relating to Goliath have never been published in their entirety, but they are now available to be viewed here.
Sony Pictures has been involved in a legal dispute and claims that it negligently allowed employees’ private information to be stolen. In its statement, the company said it was fighting for the “safety, security and privacy” of its 6,000 employees.