UPDATE: On Saturday, Emma Watson denied that she will star in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, the first novel in E.L. James’ erotic trilogy. “Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie?” she tweeted. “Like really. For real. In real life. Good. Well that’s sorted then.”
COLOGNE, Germany — Online hacker collective Anonymous has successfully hacked into the internal server of German studio Constantin Film, stealing internal documents and email addresses.
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 Fifty 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.
Constantin confirmed it had been hacked but downplayed the action, saying the documents stolen were out of date and widely accessible to many Constantin employees.