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With Law Firm's Aid, Studio Strikes Back by IDing Alleged Culprit in Hacking of 'Twilight' Images


Heartbroken to see images on the Internet earlier this year from its latest, as-yet-unreleased film in the Twilight Saga vampire romance series, a movie studio went the extra mile.

Summit Entertainment put the Kroll Inc. private investigator and law firm Keats McFarland & Wilson on the case to try to identify the culprit. Then, in an unusual move, the studio put out a press release naming a man that it says is responsible, along with others, for a March hacking incident that resulted in the unauthorized release of images from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, the Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq. blog reports.

Daiana Santia is facing criminal charges in Argentina, the entertainment publication says. Santia and others in the Northern Argentina town of Posadas also are facing civil actions there and in the United States.

“Those who steal images, video and other intellectual property,” the company says in a written statement, “will be identified and prosecuted globally,” the Wrap reports.

The articles don’t include any comment from the defendants.

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