Sony To Media Outlets: Please Stop Using Our Leaked Data To Generate Stories

Sony has unleashed its legal beagles following a massive ransomware attack that resulted in scores of stolen data, including movie scripts, marketing materials, social security numbers and passport information for high profile actors and actresses, and more. However, Sony isn't siccing its legal team on the party responsible for the attack -- not yet, anyway -- and is instead targeting media outlets with demands to stop publishing information contained in stolen documents.

At least three news outlets have received a letter from David Boies, an attorney for Sony, Reuters reports. They include The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety. They've each been ordered to nuke the information they've received.

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Sony isn't commenting on the matter, though NYT put out a statement saying, "Any decisions about whether or how to use any of the information will take into account both the significance of the news and the question of how the information emerged and who has access to it."

Employee salaries and contracts with business partners were also among the data stolen from Sony. In addition, one of the documents included an exchange with Co-Chairman Amy Pascal joking about President Barack Obama's race -- Pascal issued a public apology after various news outlets reported on the email exchange.

There could be more to come (and perhaps more ill-directed threats from Sony). The Guardians of Peace (GOP), which is claiming responsibility for the attack, said it plans to leak more stolen data.