Japanese firm Sony never seem to get a break, do they? If they’re not struggling financially, they’re being targeted by hackers hell-bent on seeking retribution for no apparent reason. This time it’s the movie arm of the conglomerate to suffer a seriously debilitating hack attack.
Yesterday, on the office’s computer screens, a simple – some might say uncreative or unimaginative – image appeared: A skull. This was coupled with a message which threatened that secrets would be revealed unless certain demands were met. So far there’s been no word on what these demands are. Neither the hackers nor Sony Pictures have commented, save telling reporters that it’s an ‘IT matter.’ As a precaution, the company has shut down the computer network for an undetermined amount of time. They’ve apparently told staff that this could be resolved within a day, or three weeks. That’s a long time to be out of action, with IT professionals working around the clock.
Not the First Time
It certainly isn’t the first time Sony has been hacked – in fact, it almost feels as if it’s becoming commonplace. Three years ago, the Sony Playstation Network was attacked, taking it offline and preventing online gaming, and with customers’ sensitive data stolen. In August the network was once again victim of a cyber attack which forced it offline.
Evidently, then, black hat hackers have a real issue with Sony, judging by this continuing vendetta. Either that, or Sony has failed to learn the lessons of the previous times and has a seriously lax IT security system.
Guardians of Peace
This time around, the hacker’s messages came complete with a hashtag signature for #GOP – or Guardians of Peace. According to a Reddit user, the hackers have stolen internal data – with many in the IT security industry believing this pertains to not just passwords and files, but also production schedules for forthcoming films. And that will be the major worry for Sony Pictures.
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