Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

007, Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt all d0xed – report

The group which claimed responsibility for hacking Sony Pictures has leaked the phone numbers and travel aliases of Hollywood stars including Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig and Natalie Portman, according to a recent report.

This latest development will likely pile extra pressure on the comprehensively pwned entertainment giant.

Contact details for Pitt, Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks were leaked along with aliases used by Daniel Craig, Natalie Portman, Sarah Michelle Gellar when they are travelling, purportedly by the "Guardians of Peace" hacking group, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The celeb leak is the latest embarrassing consequence of the deep impact hack on Sony Pictures network last month.

Sony Pictures computer network was compromised to spread wiper malware that hobbled many computers. Days later, unreleased Sony Pictures' movies were leaked onto file-sharing networks. Purported confidential data about Sony staff and leaks of sensitive network configuration files followed.

Rumours that the hack had been accompanied by an attempt to extort money quickly gave way to the theory that North Korea had launched the assault as a reprisal for Sony's forthcoming spy-caper film The Interview, in which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen play journalists roped into a CIA plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Last weekend North Korea officially denied any involvement in the Sony cyber attack while congratulating the actions of the hackers involved as "righteous". Pyongyang previously denounced The Interview, due to be released in the US at Christmas, as "undisguised sponsoring of terrorism" and worse.

A (since pulled) Pastebin message purporting to be from the Guardians of Peace demanded that Sony not show "the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the war" defiantly adding "you, Sony and FBI, cannot find us".

The FBI are investigating the hack. Sony has drafted in FireEye's Mandiant team to handle incident response. The malware used in the hack was custom built and appears to be related to the Dark Seoul malware slung against South Korea two years ago. This link is the one piece of solid evidence implicating the NORKS in the unfolding Sony Pictures mega-hack.

Risk Based Business has put together a detailed timeline on the Sony Pictures hack, including details of what was leaked and when, here. ®

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