Sony Pictures' computer network was recently hacked, resulting in five of the movie studio's new films being leaked to piracy websites where hundreds of thousands of copies have been downloaded.
One of the films, Brad Pitt's war epic "Fury," is still in theaters (trailer below). However, the other four films, “Mr. Turner,” “Still Alice," “To Write Love on Her Arms” and an "Annie" remake, have not reached theaters yet.
“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 told Variety.
The studio's IT network was hacked on Nov. 24 when a weird message, “Hacked by #GOP,” appeared on the company's computers, which turned off and on.
GOP stands for “Guardians of Peace.”
An unidentified source told TheWrap last week, “Every PC in the company is useless and all of the content files have either been stolen or destroyed or locked away.”
“The IT department has absolutely no idea what hit them or if they can recover any of their files or operating systems, or even turn on their computers,” added the source.
The "Guardians of Peace" also claimed to have taken files that included famous actors’ passports, contracts, financial information, passwords and executive emails, according to a posting on the social media site Reddit.com.
One of "Guardians of Peace" hackers told The Verge in an email, "We Want equality [sic]. Sony doesn't. It's an upward battle. Sony doesn't lock their doors, physically, so we worked with other staff with similar interests to get in. Im sorry I can't say more, safety for our team is important [sic]."