Following the devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment late last year, much of the material that hackers made away with ended up online. Sony did its best to mitigate the damage with legal threats issued to Twitter and a number of high-profile publications.
Just when it seemed as though the hack had filtered out of the news cycle, WikiLeaks brings it back full circle today with the publishing of what it’s calling The Sony Archives: 30,287 documents and 173,132 e-mails to and from more than 2,200 corporate e-mail addresses.
Adding insult to injury, WikiLeaks has published the original archives in a fully searchable format.
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said the archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation. He added that it is newsworthy and at the center of a geo-political conflict and thus, belongs in the public domain.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, the US subsidiary of Japanese multinational technology and media corporation Sony, came under attack in late November 2014. What was initially thought to be a “routine” hack ultimately proved to be one of the most damning cyber attacks in recent history.
In addition to uncovering a ton of dirt related to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, nearly half a dozen unreleased Sony films found their way online as a result of the hack. The FBI claimed North Korean hackers were responsible for the attack which was orchestrated in response to Sony’s planned launch of The Interview.