Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sony Pictures computer systems hacked

Photo from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Sony Pictures Entertainment said its computer system is still down as of November 25, 2014, for the second day in a row, after a major hack paralyzed the computer systems of the film and television studio. The Amazing Spider-Man couldn’t help the staff of Sony Pictures, when they tried to log on to their computers and were greeted with an ominous warning. An image of a red skeleton appeared on the screen under, along with messages "Hacked By #GOP," reportedly short for "Guardians of Peace," and a list of threats. The warning said: "We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning … We’ve obtained all your internal data including your secrets and top secrets … We continue till our request be met ... If you don't obey us, we'll release data shown below to the world." As a precaution, Sony’s computers in Los Angeles were shut down, while the corporation is attempting to deal with the breach.

On day two of the hack, Sony’s bicoastal staff is unable to log on to the company’s computers or access corporate email. They’re now reportedly using old-fashioned pen and paper to complete assignments, while taking calls on landline telephones and sending faxes instead of e-mails.

Sony, the media giant behind movies such as "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," doesn’t have the best reputation concerning their treatment of the company’s workers. Persons identifying themselves as the hackers who took down Sony Pictures' computer systems say that they want "equality," but “Sony doesn’t.” They are also suggesting that Sony employees aided in the hacking attack. The exact goals of the hackers remain unclear.