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Twitter is the latest target of Sony Pictures' post-hacking ire

By Nathaniel Mott , written on December 23, 2014

From The News Desk

Efforts by Sony to contain the spread of information leaked after the now-infamous hacking of its Sony Pictures Entertainment's unit have increased with a threat to hold Twitter liable for damages resulting from the distribution of this information on its network. The Japanese giant is calling for the social network to censor its users, or else.

Here's the crux of the letter, the existence of which was first reported by Motherboard:

SPE does not consent to Twitter’s or any Twitter account holder’s possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading, or making any use of the Stolen Information, and to request your cooperation in suspending the Account Holder’s Twitter account and the account of any other user seeking to disseminate the Stolen Information via Twitter.
The letter was sent after Val Broeksmit, a musician known as Bikini Robot Army, used Twitter to share screenshots of emails found in the "data dumps" released by whomever is behind the hack. Sony Pictures asked Twitter to share the legal threat with Broeksmit.

Sony Pictures has been frantically working to contain the data leaked after its hack. The company reportedly worked to disrupt websites which hosted the data dumps, and it has also threatened journalists for reporting on whatever they find in the leaked data.

Those efforts have been met with mixed results. The company's distributed-denial of service (DDoS) attacks haven't stopped the leaked information from spreading, and news outlets continue to report on that information despite Sony Pictures' legal threats.

Now it seems Twitter won't be handing Sony Pictures a victory, either: the company has yet to delete Broeksmit's tweets, and it's known for its reluctance to censor its users.

It's unclear if Sony Pictures expects its efforts at controlling this information to be successful or if it's simply looking to cover its ass should it be sued for failing to protect this sensitive information. It's putting on a good show either way, but that's not enough.

Sony Pictures is fighting the many-headed beast known as the Internet, and it has yet to separate a single skull from all the tubes and tissues connecting it to the world at large.