The international hacktivist group Anonymous successfully hacked into German studio Constantin, infiltrating the internal server and stealing internal documents and email addresses
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
Anonymous, together with a hacker team called M3du5a, hacked into Constantin's internal employee server and boasted about the act on Twitter. The group published online what it said were internal documents with information on films in development that Constantin is considering for acquisition. They also published a long list of email addresses of Constantin employees and business partners.
There was little that was new in the documents Anonymous stole --one has Emma Watson attached to star in Focus Features' upcoming 50 Shades of Grey adaptation, confirming a widely-reported rumor -- while the majority involve projects that have been announced or otherwise reported.
But the action did illustrate how vulnerable even the biggest media companies can be to activist hackers such as Anonymous.
Anonymous used the hashtags #GVU and #DreiBZ in its tweet, suggesting the attack was in retaliation for the shut down of illegal filesharing portal drei.bz late last month by German copyright protection group GVU.
"F--- the Copyright Lobby and content mafia, F--- the GVU, RIP drei.bz” the group wrote in its posting.
This isn't the first time Anonymous has struck out in protest against the "copyright lobby." Last year the group attacked Japanese government websites in response to a new anti-piracy law.
Martin Moszkowicz, executive producer for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" confirmed Constantin was hacked via Twitter. "Let me just say #anonymous - they did what they think they had to do.... ,-)" and " No damage, just nuisance... stupid mundanes...."
According to the report in Hollywood Reporter, the documents stolen were out of date and widely accessible to many Constantin employees.