Beware: Downloading the hacked Sony Pictures docs could bring the feds to your door

Which is one of the challenges for those of us who believe our data is included in the breach — can we legally go look for our own private information to protect ourselves if doing so requires obtaining the leaked information of others also contained in the breach data dump?

So far I’ve erred on the side of caution and after being show by a friend that some of my data had been illegally published worked to lock down as many accounts and records as I could rather than chase after the stolen data online.


The Sony Pictures hack is like “The Fast and The Furious” series, in that it feels like it might go on forever. The hackers got their hands on a ridiculous amount of data from the Hollywood studio and have been releasing it in waves online, labeling each new release “Gift of the GOP.” GOP stands not for the political party but “Guardians of Peace,” the name the hackers have given themselves. The newest releases, posted to Github on Monday and Pastebin on Wednesday, were titled “Their Privacy” and contained the emails of Sony Pictures honchos Amy Pascal and Stephen Mosko, as well as the inbox of the company’s top lawyer.

The hackers claim they’ll stop the leaks if Sony Pictures immediately stops “showing the movie of terrorism that threatens regional peace,” which we can assume is James Franco and Seth Rogen’s “The Interview,” a comedic film about journalists who are asked…

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