Sony’s legal attack dog now is hunting even bigger targets. David Boies is sending emails to Twitter threatening to sue the social-media giant if it doesn’t ban posts by users who are disclosing some of the leaked information stolen in the devastating November cyber attack that ransacked company servers for vast quantities of sensitive data.
Boies, perhaps the nation’s best-known litigator, is representing Sony as it attempts to stem the sharing of that corporate data, and now, it’s pushing Twitter itself to help out or face potential legal consequences, according to tech news site Motherboard.
In emails sent to Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde, Boies wrote that Sony will “hold Twitter responsible for any damage or loss arising from such use or dissemination by Twitter” if “stolen information continues to be disseminated by Twitter in any manner.” Boies suggests the letter be shared with a Twitter user, identified as musician Val Broeksmit, who has been posting screen-capture images of leaked emails from the trove of Sony documents.
The language is similar to Boies’ letters last week to attorneys for media companies, including Deadline’s general counsel, asking them to stop using material leaked from the hacking attack and to destroy the hundreds of megabytes of data that hackers have been sharing from the stolen information. Failure to do so could, again, subject the news organizations to possible liability for any Sony losses from the theft.
Sony pulled distribution of its comedy feature The Interview after the attack and threats on theaters. The attack was blamed by the FBI on the North Korean government, which was angered by the film’s portrayal of the assassination of North Korean autocrat Kim Jong-un. Sony says it still plans to distribute the film, but has not disclosed how that may happen, amid much speculation and offers from companies such as BitTorrent.