A Hacker Group Addressed #GOP Or“Guardians of Peace” have hacked all the computers at Sony Pictures , Since today afternoon computers at the company have been completely unresponsive, showing a glowering CGI skeleton, a series of URL addresses, and a threatening message from a hacker group. Dozens of Sony Twitter accounts were also commandeered to tweet out similar messages, although Sony seems to have regained control of those accounts. Early reports from Sony employees suggest the studio has yet to regain computer access.
It seems that the Hackers have got all the sensitive documents of Sony Pictures , many of which are named in a .zip file shared at the posted URLs, and is threatening to release them if Sony pictures does not comply with the group’s demands.
Sony’s information-technology departments have instructed employees to turn off their computers as well as disable Wi-Fi on all mobile devices.
A post on a Reddit thread shared this information about the data that was leaked.
‘ZIP file contains 3 files, LIST1, and LIST2 followed by a “Readme” file.
The Readme contains a list of e-mails.
the “#GOP” refers to “Guardians of Peace” apparently.
Contents of README.txt:
These two files are the lists of secret data have acquired from SPE.
Anyone who needs the data, send an email titled ��To the Guardians of Peace�� to the following email addresses.
In Addition, The two files, LIST1 and LIST2 seem to contain file names of several PDF, DOC, and Excel files related to Internal Financial Reports.
File size information:
397802180 list2.txt ”
The entire .zip file of leaked information weighs in at 217 MB. In addition to the breach and data leak, it appears that the attackers had their way with several of the Twitter accounts owned by Sony Pictures. It is unclear as to the motivations of the group that was apparently behind today’s events. Hopefully once the dust settles we’ll learn more about the attack.
Meanwhile, an anonymous user on the Reddit news website posted an image allegedly from a Sony computer screen, which said “Warning: We’ve already warned you, and this is just the beginning… We have obtained all your internal data including secrets and top secrets”.
Employees are reportedly unable to send email, use their computers, or even answer phones. As one employee told Deadline, “We are down, completely paralysed.” In the official statement, Sony used more measure language: “We are investigating an IT matter.”
Update : 1
An analysis of more than 33,000 documents showed that they displayed passwords to internal computers, credit cards, and social media accounts, as well as the Social Security numbers of 47,000 current and former Sony Pictures workers.
Among the affected are Hollywood celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone, Rebel Wilson, and Anchorman director Judd Apatow. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Social Security numbers can be found alongside salary information, home addresses, and contracts for Sony Pictures employees and freelancers. Some of the affected individuals reportedly stopped working for Sony Pictures as far back as 2000.
Update : 2
Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures employees have received a mass threat, purporting to be from the same digital attackers that took down the company systems last week. Sony says it has alerted law enforcement to the threat. A separate warning went out advising employees to turn off mobile devices, although it is unclear whether the threat was accompanied by a new attack.
the email contains the same strange phrasing and echoes many of the themes present in earlier messages. The attackers identify themselves as a global group focused on the destruction of Sony Pictures, although they decline to name specific reasons why. The only demand is a cryptic one: “If you want to prevent us, make your company behave wisely.”
The email is reproduced below in full:
“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.”