WikiLeaks Dumps More Sony Docs, Include Secret Apple Deal

A second cache of 276,394 documents stolen from Sony Pictures Entertainment -- possibly by hackers in North Korea -- was posted online Thursday by the not-for-profit media organization WikiLeaks.

Posted on the third anniversary of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange's asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the latest Sony documents include confidential memos from executives on coming films, notes on IT strategies, financial forecasts and movie marketing and merchandising plans.

Among the documents is a memo that discusses a potential transaction in which Apple was seeking non-exclusive distribution rights to Sony films via ultra-high-definition digital streaming. The document reveal that Apple has been exploring the potential for 4K video streaming since at least September 2013. The memo was signed by Jim Underwood, an executive vice president with the Sony property Culver Digital Distribution, and Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president for Internet Software and Services.

Embarrassing Revelations among Leaks

November's hack of Sony Pictures led to the public release of thousands of internal documents and files, including employee Social Security numbers, embarrassing executive emails and yet-to-be-released films, including the Seth Rogen comedy "The Interview." Widely blamed on North Korea, the cyberattack was believed to have been motivated by anger over the movie's depiction of an assassination attempt on that nation's leader, Kim Jong Un.

Launched by a group calling itself the "Guardians of Peace," the Sony hack "consisted of the deployment of destructive malware and the theft of proprietary information as well as employees' personally identifiable information and confidential communications," according to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations. "The attacks also rendered thousands of SPE's (Sony Pictures Entertainment) computers inoperable, forced SPE to take its entire computer network offline, and significantly disrupted the company's business operations."

While the massive breach caused considerable embarrassment for the Japan-based entertainment corporation -- executive Amy Pascal...

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