Sony Pictures Hacked, Brings Company to a Standstill

November 24, 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment purportedly shut down its systems worldwide as a precaution while it investigates a network attack. Employees were apparently told turn off their computers and disable Wi-Fi on all their mobile devices.

 Reports say that the attack started with an image of a skull appearing on computer screens along with this message:

“Hacked By #GOP Warning: We’ve already warned you, and this is just a beginning. We continue till our request be met. We’ve obtained all your internal data, including your secrets and top secrets. If you don’t obey us, we’ll release data shown below to the world. Determine what will you do till November the 24th, 11:00 PM (GMT).”

The malicious hackers taking credit for this attack is a group called Guardians of Peace (mentioned as “#GOP” in the above message). Moreover, a post from a Reddit user, cited by various news outfits and blogs, claims this attack has affected all the US offices of Sony Pictures.

The attackers had already leaked a .ZIP file, which appears to contain files from the finance department and several Excel sheets of passwords lists.

Aside from Sony Pictures computers, GOP had also commandeered several Sony Twitter accounts according to SonyRumors.net. As of this writing, Sony has already taken back control of these said accounts.

Sony is neither confirming nor denying the breach. Their official statement from Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesperson Jean Guerin is that they are “investigating an IT matter.”

 This is not the first time that Sony experienced a massive attack this year. Just last August, its PlayStation Network branch was also targeted by a different group.

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