An open letter to the Guardians of Peace
To the members of the Guardians of Peace (GOP):
We don’t know each other, and I’d prefer to keep it that way, but I can’t just sit silently by while you plan to deliver privacy harms to tens of thousands of people.
Frankly, I don’t give a rat’s ass about Sony’s trade secrets or intellectual property. I seldom watch movies unless they’re old classics, I don’t even recognize most actors’ names, and don’t give a sh*t about what Sony executives think about various actors or projects. I understand you’re upset about one film or project. Okay, but is your response proportionate? I don’t think so, because you appear poised to release a lot of personal and sensitive information on Sony employees – many of whom no longer even work for Sony.
That Sony retained too much information and didn’t protect it adequately is on Sony, and they should be held accountable for that, but you will likely be harming innocent people if you release everything you’ve hacked.
Do children’s medical problems or employees’ personal or health problems really need to be publicly disclosed for you to accomplish your goals here? I doubt it.
In the past, I have chatted with other hackers who then agreed not to dump personal information. You have already dumped some personal info and I am asking you to please not dump any more personal info on employees. It’s commendable that you told employees that they could ask you not to dump their data, but not everyone will see your offer in time.
So please, don’t. Just don’t.
I’m not a Sony employee.
I don’t even know anyone employed by Sony.
I’m just a privacy advocate who’s concerned and asking you take the high road.
You can reach me by email to [email protected] You can tweet me @pogowasright. I can meet you in a chat room of your choosing to discuss this request. Just please don’t dump any more personal info on employees’ and their dependents. Please.
Update: I have not received any reply from GOP on this request. Commenters seem to want to turn this post into a referendum on North Korea. That’s not what this post is about – it’s simply a request that GOP think about the harm done to people who either no longer work for Sony and/or have nothing to do with the studio’s decisions. I have no idea why I’m the only person speaking up on this, but I’ll continue to renew my request that hackers/hacktivists not victimize innocent folks.