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Sony’s New Movies and Information Leaked Online After Hack Attack

December 1, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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According to Variety, At least five new movies from Sony Pictures were leaked online to  copyright-infringing file-sharing sites after hackers hit the the studio earlier in the week.

Copies of unreleased screen productions from Sony movies including the upcoming “Annie” are the early exposure the company didn’t want, but nothing compared with the frenzy enveloping “Fury,” the war pic still in theaters that bowed last month.

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“Fury” has been downloaded by over 888,000 unique IP addresses since showing up on peer-to-peer networks on Nov. 27, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio.

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The number is so high that it is the second most-downloaded movie currently being pirated, and it’s not out of movie theaters yet.

“Annie,” which is a big funded production is also being pirated, just three weeks ahead of its own release.

Additional Sony movies being downloaded include “Mr. Turner,” “Still Alice” and “To Write Love on Her Arms.”

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“The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it,” a Sony spokeswoman said in a statement to Variety.

A source with knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the hacking earlier this week divulged that the multi-title leak is likely related to the hacking. Many of the leaked copies are watermarked.

At the time of the attack on the company’s corporate systems Nov. 24, an image of a skeleton appeared on company computers with a message that said, “Hacked by #GOP,” with the group behind it calling itself “Guardians of Peace.”

The group then threatened to release “secrets and top secrets” of the company. Currently being investigated is a connection between upcoming Sony movie “The Interview,” and North Korea.

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The attack on Sony marks the largest hacker piracy incident since July, “Expendables 3″ produced by Lionsgate surfaced online three weeks before its movie release.

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Police arrested two men in London earlier this week in connection with the stolen file.

While “Fury” has emerged as a hot ticket in file-sharing circles, the other Sony titles aren’t seeing as much sampling. “Annie” has been downloaded by over 184,000 unique IP addresses.

Sony is hoping that “Annie” won’t be pirated as much because family films aren’t subject to as much illegal downloading as titles that skew more toward young males.

“Still Alice,” “Mr. Turner” and “To Write Love on Her Arms” were initially showing modest downloading, all below 100,000 unique IP addresses since Nov. 27.

But the latest estimates have shaken Sony to it’s core. It has been reported that “Fury” has been downloaded via piracy sites more than 1.2 million times, while “Annie” has topped 206,000 downloads by unique IP addresses, according to Excipio. Downloads of “Still Alice” stood at 103,832, followed by “Mr. Turner” at 63,379 and “To Write Love on Her Arms” at 19,946.]

Also Included in the release were not just movies but also stars ids, contract and budget  figures.

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