An account hacked by Sony Pictures Entertainment and its employees may have been used to illegally download movies from Netflix.
Sony confirmed that the hack was indeed a hack, but denied the existence of a “cash graber” operation, telling Recode it has “no evidence” that the hackers were acting as a ransom for movies.
“This is not a ‘cash grab’ operation.
We’re not sure who did this, but they’re not part of the payment service or any other payment service.
This is a massive hack, and they’re clearly not a ransom, and we don’t have evidence they are a ‘payment service’,” Sony said.
We don’t know how this happened, and if it was a ‘pay-to-play’ or ‘pay for your game’ scam, we’re not going to get into it, the company said.
The news comes as Sony and other video game publishers struggle to find the right balance between security and user privacy, and the potential loss of revenue from the video game industry.
The company has faced criticism from gamers who believe the company’s decision to make its games available on Amazon Prime is a way to help it keep its profit margins, while also protecting consumers from a flood of pirated titles.
“The fact that the GtA is allowing us to offer DRM for movies on Amazon doesn’t mean we have to let you watch movies you pay for on your phone, or to buy a game on your tablet,” wrote one Redditor on the popular video game forum The_Donald.
“Why should we pay $99 for the game on the Playstation 4 if we can buy it on Amazon?”
Another Redditor argued, “This is a very interesting and very clever way to monetize the PS4, but it is a mistake to do so.
DRM is a scam, but this is also a scam.”
Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.