The employees working for Sony Pictures were unable to use their computers so they had to work using pen and paper and communicate via landline telephones. Official sources say that not all the branches of Sony were affected by the cyber attack.
Supposedly, the group of hackers who attacked Sony Pictures is a known one and left messages for Sony with a list of demands and threats. Also, the hackers left a red skeleton on the employees’ computers before shutting them down. Sony Pictures was compromised by cyberattack with the hackers threatening that they will release private information about the Sony projects on the internet. No one knows for sure if the hackers have released any Sony information yet.
The message received after Sony Pictures was compromised by a cyberattack said:
“We’ve already warned you, and this is just a beginning. We’ve already warned you, and this is just a beginning.”
A Sony Pictures official said that their tech people are currently working on resolving the problem and eliminate the bug the hackers implanted in the Sony computers.
This is not the first time Sony Pictures was the victim of cyberattacks. A few months back, in August, Sony PlayStation Network was hacked into, suffering a denial-of-service, also known as a DDoS attack. This cyber attack left the entire system offline for several hours.
The attack in August was nothing compared to what Sony went through back in 2011, when the hackers kept the PlayStation network down for almost a month. The cyber attack compromised the information of more than 77 million PlayStation players. Following the attack, Sony had to agree to a 15 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit.
Sony Pictures was compromised by a cyberattack after a picture of a skull appeared on every computer screen in the company. The image was accompanied by a message saying the attackers identify themselves as GOP and will disclose Sony private data at 6 p.m. New York time if Sony will not agree to the hackers’ demands.