The year 2014 has been overly successful for hackers, with this latest security breach hitting one of the biggest companies of the world, Sony Pictures Entertainment. This is probably the biggest hack where more than 40GB of internal data is exposed to the outside world. Not to mention that many celebrities and individuals in the movie business are being haunted by this leak. While the FBI is investigating and there are chances that North Koreans are responsible for this devastating hack.
The hacker group revealed secret information like the passwords, social security numbers of more than thousands of its employees, salary related data and even amount paid on contracts. All this has been compromised and the hackers, who are responsible for this breach, call themselves Guardians of Peace.
SPE’s website was defaced by a group called ‘#GOP’ known as Guardians Of Peace who threatened the leak of sensitive corporate data. The group is also seen behind the hacking of some Twitter accounts related to the company which mentioned CEO Micheal Lynton “will go to hell” and included an image that showed the CEO in a hell background.
Termed to the worst corporate hack, Sony Pictures is trying to recover its internal network and come out of this situation. Many deals and affiliates related information has also led to cause private information to become public now. Sony is surely going to be ridiculed a lot, even after they can successfully retrieve all the workstations in their office.
The hack not just caused problems for security experts at Sony, but also for the other staff members. Many private HR related folders are out in the sun and is causing trouble by revealing their secrets. Such attacks only occur because of the consistent negligence of corporate towards security. Such sensitive data and easy firewalls in internal network can be breached by mediocre hackers only. The internal security was so weak that they could not protect the hack and the hackers are continuously posting more and more secrets publicly.
Threatening Emails to Sony Employees:
In a latest update, the alleged hackers are sending the mass emails threatening Sony Pictures’ employees. According to Variety, “Removing Sony Pictures on earth is a very tiny work for our group which is a worldwide organization,” the email reads in part. “It’s your false (sic) if you think this crisis will be over after some time… Sony Pictures is responsible for whatever the result is.”
“Many things beyond imagination will happen at many places of the world… Please sign your name to object the false of the company at the email address below if you don’t want to suffer damage. If you don’t, not only you, but your family will be in danger.”
There are reports of noticing the social security numbers of Sony Pictures’ employees in the leaked documents, confirmed by one of the employees.
Sony Pictures Entertainment is sure to pay attention towards securing all files and documents from now on. It cannot afford information like James Franco’s or Sylvester Stallone’s payouts become public.
A North Korean website Urminzokkiri stated that the film was an evil act of provocation and it deserved stern provocation. The Police Policy Institute based in South Korea has mentioned that the country has recruited about 3,000 hackers to promote Kim’s regime. Sony along with other consultants is in the process of determining whether the hackers belonged to China on behalf of North Korea.