On Monday, a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace (or GOP) hacked into Sony’s internal network and froze all their computers with a screen saying: “Hacked by #GOP” and a ticking clock for Sony to meet their demands before sensitive data was released to the world.
Over the holiday a number of the companies watermarked awards screeners were uploaded to torrent sites. The Brad Pitt war movie Fury which is currently in theaters and the upcoming Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz remake of Annie were the two biggest.
There is some wild speculation that this attack may be related to the upcoming Christmas release of The Interview, a movie where Seth Rogen and James Franco try to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The basis for these rumors is an uncorroborated on-line source. Sony has not at this time said publicly what the initial warning the GOP referred to in their hack was. The Interview was not one of the movies leaked on-line.