Sony Pictures hackers release list of possibly stolen material

28 Nov 2014

A security breach knocked Sony Pictures’ computer system offline earlier this week, and now the hackers – who call themselves ‘The Guardians of Peace’ – have released a list of files they claim to have stolen.

The attack was discovered on Monday when a picture of a skull appeared on company computer screens. A post also appeared in the /r/ hacking thread on Reddit by a person claiming to be a former Sony Pictures employee claiming credit for the attack.

As reported by Arstechnica, the hackers have now released a zip file that contains three text documents, two of which list the material allegedly stolen. Included is a variety of sensitive information, including various passwords, emails, documents relating to film budgets and PDF files that apparently contain the passports, visas, and other identity documents of cast and crew for various Sony productions, including actors Jonah Hill, Cameron Diaz and Angelina Jolie.

“These two files are the lists of secret data we have acquired from SPE,” wrote the hackers in a file called readme.txt. “Anyone who needs the data, send an email titled ‘To the Guardians of Peace’ to the following email addresses.”

The attack was believed to be confined to Sony Pictures and did not affect any other Sony division.

Hacker image via Shutterstock

Dean Van Nguyen was a contributor to Silicon Republic