A spokesperson for Sony Pictures condemned WikiLeaks’ decision to publish thousands of leaked emails and documents stemming from a 2014 hack attack on the studio, accusing the website of “assisting” the cybercriminals by disseminating the materials.
“The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures was a malicious criminal act, and we strongly condemn the indexing of stolen employee and other private and privileged information on WikiLeaks,” a Sony spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. “The attackers used the dissemination of stolen information to try to harm SPE and its employees, and now WikiLeaks regrettably is assisting them in that effort. ”
On Thursday, WikiLeaks said it had published 30,287 documents and 173,132 emails stemming from last winter’s cyber-attack on Sony that was initiated by North Korea in response for its decision to produce “The Interview,” a comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
In a release announcing that WikiLeaks had created a searchable archive of the documents, the site’s founder, Julian Assange, said the materials “belong in the public domain,” citing Sony’s status as a multinational company with links to various government organizations. That argument fell flat with Sony’s public relations team.
“We vehemently disagree with WikiLeaks’ assertion that this material belongs in the public domain and will continue to fight for the safety, security and privacy of our company and its more than 6,000 employees,” the Sony statement says.
Update: MPAA chairman Chris Dodd also released a statement.
“This information was stolen from Sony Pictures as part of an illegal and unprecedented cyberattack,” he said. “Wikileaks is not performing a public service by making this information easily searchable. Instead, with this despicable act, Wikileaks is further violating the privacy of every person involved.”