As the massive scope of the Sony Pictures hack hits headlines, Sony's jumped whole-hog into damage control. Oh, you thought the company would admit that having a folder called "passwords" is a bad idea? Not quite.
In fact, Sony has distributed its first round of cease and desist letters to any journalists discussing the hack. The hackers behind the Sony Pictures hack released all of their results online.
Hackers released private emails, pre-release "screeners" of upcoming movies and payment information for Sony Pictures employees.
While some journalists have been covering the Sony Pictures hack itself, others have taken this data breach as an opportunity to peep in on celebrities' personal lives.
Sony isn't just accusing these telling these celeb-stalker blogs to shut up.
Sony Pictures sent a cease and desist to Brian Krebs, one of my favorite security researchers and bloggers on the Web. Krebs has covered the Sony hack, but mostly to highlight the company's massive security vulnerabilities.
While I respect the fact that Sony might be trying to protect the privacy of its employees, I also believe in the First Amendment.
The company forgot to lock its Pandora's Box. Hackers stole it and now the company is trying to sue anyone who looks inside. What I'll say is this: The only real guilty party here is Sony and the hackers who breached its systems.
Its clients and employees trusted Sony Pictures to maintain a secure network. It didn't. Now celebrities, employees and many other people are paying the price.