Sony Threatens to Sue Twitter for Disseminating Stolen Information

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In my last post on the Sony “hack” I called the leaked information a “non-stop fountain of information”. Many people expressed outrage in the comments over this choice of words… FYI: A “fountain of information” and stolen data/a foreign attack aren’t mutually exclusive. Also, every company should probably password-protect their files and encrypt data. I won’t even get into the part where company executives used their work email to make racist and unprofessional comments about the people they do business with.

Leaking personal, financial, and healthcare details of employees is an awful (and illegal) thing to do. As far as everything else that was leaked, it’s hard to feel bad for Sony as a corporation.

Now, a letter obtained by Motherboard reveals that Sony has threatened to sue Twitter for “disseminating stolen information”.

Sony contacted Twitter because the account “@bikinrobotarmy” has been posting screenshots of leaked Sony emails. Sony’s lawyer David Boies asked Twitter to pass the letter on to the infringing account, which Twitter did.

Twitter hasn’t given an official response, but say they don’t allow tweets that contain private information about others. However, tweets containing links to sites that contain private information do not violate Twitter’s rules.

Sony’s letter isn’t an official DMCA takedown request, it’s just a threat… for now.


Sony Letter to Twitter

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

Image by Brandon Grasley, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

14 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    …and here you go again, blaming the victim.

    Not a word about the terrorist who stole the information.

    Not a word about their attack on free speech.

    Not a word about their 9/11-threats.

  2. Anonymous

    “I called the leaked information a “non-stop fountain of information””

    Because you’re like a vulture, preying on other people’s bad luck.

  3. Anonymous

    We should all thank Sony for taking a stand against companies that profit from terrorists and IP theft.

    And I’m sure Twitter will black-list the criminals. They do that, you know — yesterday, they shut down, um, Anonymous’ account 🙂 after the gang had terrorized Iggy Azalea (they even posted an image of Kalashnikovs and ammunition below the words DON’T PUSH US).

  4. Anonymous

    Here’s the good news, though:

    Nina & North Korea lost — free speech & democracy won! Sony is going to ignore the terrorists and screen The Interview in hundreds of cinemas!

    President Obama applauded the decision according to his spokesman: “As the president made clear, we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression”

    So please support democracy & Sony and watch the movie, no matter how goofy it may be! This is not about a film; it’s about your freedom to create the music you love, and it’s about your right to defend your property against thieves and friggin’ terrorists.

    • Anonymous

      I posted a link to Huffington Post’s list of theaters where you can see The Interview.

      It may take some time for the link to show up though, so I’ll post the list here:

      Clarke Theatre 3, Andalusia
      The Edge 12, Birmingham
      Boaz Cinema 9, Boaz
      Clark Cinema 1 & 2, Enterprise
      Fort Payne Cinemas 6, Fort Payne
      Edge Cinema 8, Greenville
      Madison Square Stadium 8, Huntsville
      Continental Cinema 6, Troy

      Silver Screen Cinemas 8, Cabot
      Stars Cinema 6, El Dorado
      Behind the Mall Cinema 5, Hot Springs
      Riverdale 10, Little Rock
      Cinema 8, Searcy

      Lake Havasu Cinema 10, Lake Havasu
      Ak-Chin 12, Maricopa
      Sawmill Theatres, Payson
      Ultraluxe Scottsdale Pavillions 11, Scottsdale
      WME Theatre, Show Low
      Uptown 3 Theatre, Sierra Vista
      Harkins Theatres, Tempe
      The Loft Cinema, Tucson

      Agoura Hills Stadium 8, Agoura Hills
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      Elmwood 3 Theatres, Berkeley
      Mary Pickford Theatre, Cathedral City
      Commerce 14, City of Commerce
      Fairfax 6 Theaters, Fairfax
      Palladio 16 Cinemas, Palladio
      Fontana 8, Fontana
      Fortuna 6, Fortuna
      4 Star Cinemes, Garden Grove
      Granada Hills 9, Granada Hills
      Civic Plaza 12, Hesperia
      Blvd Cinemas 3, Lancaster
      Livermore Cinemas, Livermore
      The Cinefamily, Los Angeles
      Los Feliz 3, Los Angeles
      Contra Costa Cinemas 8, Martinez
      Osio Plaza Theatre 6, Monterey
      Tennant Station Stadium Cinemas, Morgan Hill
      Laemmle Theaters, North Hollywood (Starting Dec. 31)
      Cinémas Palme D’Or, Palm Desert
      Camelot 3, Palm Springs
      Perris 10, Perris
      Boulevard Cinemas 14, Petaluma
      Maya Century Plaza 16, Pittsburg
      Prime Cinema 6, Red Bluff
      University Village 10, Riverside
      Jurupa Stadium 14, Riverside
      Mission Grove Theatres, Riverside
      Maya Salinas 14, Salina
      Sterling 6, San Bernadino
      Almaden 7, San Jose
      Camera 3 Cinemas, San Jose
      Arlington, Santa Barbara
      Del Mar Theatre 3, Santa Cruz
      Santa Paula 7, Santa Paula
      Scotts Valley 10 Cinema, Scotts Valley
      Sebastopol Cinemas 9, Sebastopol
      Sonoma Cinema 9, Sonoma
      Janss Marketplace 9, Thousand Oaks
      Van Nuys Plant 16, Van Nuys
      Westminster 10, Westminster
      Crest, Westwood

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      Apple Cinemas Waterbury 10, Waterbury

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      Robinson Center, Shreveport
      Fun Lan Drive 4, Tampa
      Satellite Cinema 10, Titusville
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      Cordele Stadium 5 Cinemas, Cordele
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      Royal 13, Pooler
      Aurora Cineplex 10, Roswell
      Eisenhower Cinema 6, Savannah

      Village Cinema, Meridian
      Bonner Mall Cinemas 6, Ponderay
      Magic Valley Cinema 13, Twin Falls

      Arlington Heights, Arlington
      Bloomington Galaxy 14, Bloomington
      Buffalo Grove Theatre 5, Buffalo Grove
      O’Fallon 15, O’Fallon
      Roxy Cinemas 6, Ottawa
      Willow Knolls 14, Peoria
      Reynolds Landmark 10, Peoria
      Savoy 16, Savoy
      Art Theater Co-Op, Champaign (Starting Jan. 2)
      Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, Woodbridge

      Bones Theatre 4, Columbia City
      Greendale Cinema 10, Greendale
      Wolf 10 Theatres, Greensburg
      Georgetown 14, Indianapolis
      Jasper 8 Theatres, Jasper
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      Cinetopia 17, Overland Park

      Theatres of Georgetown 7, Georgetown
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      Cinema 95, Salisbury

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      North Branch Cinema 7, North Branch
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      Arnold 14 Cinema, Arnold
      Blue Springs 8, Blue Springs
      Cape West 14, Cape Girardeau
      Chesterfield Galaxy 14, Chesterfield
      Pharaoh Cinema 4, Independence
      Alamo Main Street, Kansas City
      Screenland Armour, North Kansas City
      Chase Park Plaza, St. Louis
      Des Peres 14, St. Louis
      Galleria 6, St. Louis
      MX Movies, St. Louis (Starting Jan. 2)
      Warrenton 8 Cinemas, Warrenton
      Glass Sword Cinema 6, West Plains

      Pharaohplex 6, Hamilton

      North Carolina
      Northgate Stadium 10, Durham
      Neuse Theatre, New Bern
      Palace Pointe, Roxboro
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      Alamo, Yonkers

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      Gateway Theatre 7, Columbus
      Grandview Theatre, Columbus
      Movies 10, Nelsonville

      Heritage Park 7, Altus
      Valley View Cinema 6, Chickasha
      Riverwalk Movies 8, Jenks
      Circle, Tulsa
      Showest 4, Weatherford

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      Hollywood Theatre 3, Portland

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      Pocono Movieplex, Marshalls Creek
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      Rhode Island
      Cable Car Cinema, Providence

      South Carolina
      Terrace Theater, Charleston
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      Crown 2, Lancaster

      Montana Drive-In 3, Estill Springs
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      Premiere 6, Murfressboro
      The Belcourt Theater, Nashville

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      Alamo Marketplace, New Braunfels
      North Shore Cinema 8, Portland
      Alamo, Richardson
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      Silverado 19, Tomball
      Star Cinema 6, Webster

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      21st Century Cinemas 12, Abingdon
      Alamo Drafthouse, Ashburn
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      Cinema City Stadium 9, Norton

      Bainbridge Cinemas 5, Bainbridge Island
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      Bay 6 Theatre, Ashland
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      Tygart Valley 7, Fairmont

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  5. Willis

    This is worthless – just a posturing stunt. Anyone can sue anyone for anything regardless of how valid the effort is.

  6. Anonymous

    PR stunt people, dont be alarmed, no need to wear your hazmat suit to the theatres, no need to rush out and buy supplies or build that bunker just yet…

    Be the good Merikans yall are and go support them good ol yanks there against them terroists, show the world whos the real big boy killers on the bock!!!

    Probably hatched up in a sony boardroom.. some pre census survey showed interest was down and looking at the expenses some trickery was needed to drum up some business…

    Wouldnt North Korea be too busy manufacturing like heroin and running arms and brainwashing its own people to be out there hacking entertainment they dont even allow into their igloo anyways???

    • Anonymous

      that poor tea girl in north korea… she just sits around waiting forever for the odd random government sponsored tour,to come through so she can fill them in on the real dirt north korea is digging, but so cute and so happy, so thrilled to have some company to sit and talk with, she does a nice dance and seems a real sweetheart… i often wonder what her life is like, if she goes home after a tough days work to some beau and puts her feet up and watches the local television and whatever imperialist enemy information is being spread…

      does she even have a life?? or is it that tight a regime?? where her satisfaction comes from having a job and a decent domicile working for her esteemed leader and not having to march around with an automatic rifle just waiting to wage bloody savage war on whoever tells them their esteemed leader is not almighty god himself!!!

      Why are we so hard on them anyways?? That guy, from how they tell it, is responsible for some incredible inventions… A whole damn country of people yet the esteeemed leader always seems to be the cat coming up with all the stuff, its incredible…

  7. Versus

    “company executives used their work email to make racist and unprofessional comments about the people they do business with”

    I have not read the emails, nor will I.
    However, the racist part may (hopefully) not be common, but “unprofessional comments” about other businesses in work emails is probably true for any business of a reasonable size. Not prudent, but it happens, just like people badmouth other companies and individuals at the water cooler. It’s human nature. It does not make Sony a villain.

  8. Versus

    They should sue them, and the major news outlets as well. It’s being an accomplice to the crime.