Sony forced to “abandon film shoots” following cyber attack

The studio giant behind the James Bond and Spider-Man films is reportedly closing planned shoots because hacking has left it unable to process payments

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Sony Pictures has abandoned film shoots because hackers have crippled its computer network, according to reports.

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Agencies working for the studio have cancelled the planned filming because the hacking had left it unable to process payments, according to The Times.

A hacking collective calling itself the Guardians of Peace began the attack on Sony late last month, leaking four films and thousands of documents in a move which continues to cause mayhem for the entertainment giant behind the James Bond and Spider-Man films. 

Emails between top producers and executives belittling a number of major stars and projects were leaked earlier this week.

Phone numbers and aliases for stars including Tom Hanks and Daniel Craig were also released by hackers

Millions of people have also been able to download copies of the Brad Pitt film Fury and British director Mike Leigh’s period biopic Mr Turner and the hack has been estimated to cost £64m to put right.

The leak also revealed commercially sensitive plans for a Men in Black and 22 Jump Street crossover as well as suggestions that Marvel wanted Spider-Man in Captain America 3.

The FBI is investigating with the finger of suspicion still pointing at North Korea in retaliation for Sony film The Interview that parodies its leader, Kim Jong Un.

Joseph Demarest, the assistant director of the Bureau’s cyber-division, told a US Senate hearing that methods used by the hackers would have been capable of breaching the defences of nine out of ten companies.

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A Sony spokesman said that production on films were “moving forward” despite the attack.