Whistle blowing website Wikileaks announced yesterday that it had published all of the emails hacked from Sony’s servers as part of the digital backlash it received in the wake of announcing political satire The Interview late last year, and since then people from all over the world have poured over their contents. Unsurprisingly, Sony has called out Wikileaks for its actions, and has condemned the release of the emails, suggesting that private personal and business information had been revealed with the leak.
“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,” the company said in a statement (via Reuters).
Wikileaks response to Sony’s condemnation has been one of indifference, suggesting that the emails show the “inner workings,” of a large, multi-national organisation and since they are part of a larger scale political conflict – considering the fall out between the US and North Korea since the hack – it was important that the public have access to the data.
Journalists and some organisations have had access to the emails for some time now already, but it’s only in the last few days that the general public has been able to read them at their own pace. Although most are benign, Sony has been embarrassed by the wording of some of its employees since the leak, including ex Chairperson of the Sony Motion Pictures Group, Amy Pascal, who made controversial statements about the US President in her communiques.
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KitGuru Says: As much as I would often side with Wikileaks over document leaks that show corruption or unsavoury actions by governments, I’m not sure what benefit releasing Sony’s email archive has, other than to satiate our nosy desires.