The recent hacking of Sony Pictures computer network has now taken an ugly turn. Sony’s staff have received a threatening email claiming to be from the hackers who breached the entertainment giant’s computer network. Those emails allegedly threaten employees’ families if they don’t support GOP’s goals.
The group that call themselves “Guardians of Peace” claims to be the hackers that stole 47,000 Social security numbers from company’s computers this week. It is not clear who GOP are, but Sony Pictures has downplayed a report that North Korea was behind the attack. North Korea has denied involvement in the attack, which also leaked a number of company’s upcoming films.
Sony has hired security firm FireEye Inc and its Mandiant forensics unit to investigate the hacking. A Sony Pictures spokesman confirmed the threatening email that was sent to some staff yesterday, but not the nature and severity of the threat. He said –
We understand that some of our employees have received an email claiming to be from GOP. We are aware of the situation and are working with law enforcement.
Here’s the copy of the full email sent to the Sony employees-
I am the head of GOP who made you worry.
Removing Sony Pictures on earth is a very tiny work for our group which is a worldwide organization. And what we have done so far is only a small part of our further plan. It’s your false if you if you think this crisis will be over after some time. All hope will leave you and Sony Pictures will collapse. This situation is only due to Sony Pictures. Sony Pictures is responsible for whatever the result is. Sony Pictues clings to what is good to nobody from the beginning. It’s silly to expect in Sony Pictures to take off us. Sony Pictures makes only useless efforts. One beside you can be our member.
Many things beyond imagination will happen at many places of the world. Our agents find themselves act in necessary places. 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. Nobody can prevent us, but the only way is to follow our demand. If you want to prevent us, make your company behave wisely.
The threat mail is the latest incident in a series of events that have unfolded since Sony’s computer networks got hacked. Apart from the threat mail, hackers have made public, some 47,000 records they recovered from Sony’s systems. These record include Social Security Numbers, salary details and home addresses of various Sony Pictures employees.
Details of Hollywood starts like Sylvestor Stallone and Rebel Wilson have also been leaked. However, the latest hack is in stark contrast to those carried out on other conglomerates. Hackers seem to have no financial motive behind this attack, and are rather interested in completely ‘removing Sony Pictures from Earth‘.