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Sony attempts to shut down the New York Times and others over hacked emails




The FBI confirmed Monday that it has opened an investigation into the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment's internal network and email systems.
The FBI confirmed Monday that it has opened an investigation into the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment's internal network and email systems.
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Recently Sony Pictures Entertainment was the target in a  series of cyber attacks.

It shut down the company's computers, revealing employee information and email exchanges between Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony and other executives.

Yesterday attorney David Boies sent a strongly worded letter to news organizations asking them not to publish information from the massive data dump.

The letter, sent to a variety of news organizations including the New York Times, referred to the documents as "stolen information" and demanded that the files be ignored, or destroyed

Here's a copy of the letter that was sent to the tech news site, RE/code.  But does the letter have any legal merit? 

To find out more on the legal questions raised by the Sony hack and the letter, we talk to Eugene Volokh, he's a law professor at UCLA and founder of the legal blog, the Volokh Conspiracy.