Sony was hit by unknown hackers on November 24, 2014 creating a companywide computer shutdown. Information such as multimillion-dollar pre-bonus salaries of executives and the Social Security numbers of rank-and-file employees was leaked to the hackers and caused Sony and other authorities to investigate the situation. A group known as the Guardians of Peace are taking credit for the attacks.
Many people and various law enforcement agencies are curious to know whether the breach was linked to Sony’s upcoming movie, “The Interview.” This movie is a comedy about two American journalists asked by the government to assassinate the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The F.B.I. sent a flash warning to security administrators at other American corporations so that they are aware of the potential hazard of the malware that effected Sony. The F.B.I. released a statement stating that the malware was written in Korean and deemed destructive in nature.
The malware was designed to put a computer to sleep for two hours, after the computer is shutdown, it is then rebooted and directed to start wiping all of its files. Although North Korea seems to be the center of attention in this situation, there is a possibility that the attack was committed by an employee or former employee.
The hackers also took control of Sony’s social networks including their official site and twitter account. The hacker also put images of red skeletons, warnings, and filled Sony’s Twitter with rants. From the attack, the hackers were able to release four movies to the public, including Annie, some of which have not been released yet. Sony is currently building their security stronger to hopefully avoid such an attack in the future.