GOP Strikes Sony Again
Sony Pictures, as we've already discussed, was recently hacked by a group calling itself Guardians of Peace, or GOP. Instead of making it a hit and run though, GOP has continued to torment the company.
After the inital hack, Sony Pictures took a number of measures to protect themselves. Employees have been instructed to stay off of the company wifi and not access email until it had been shifted to a new server. They were also advised to stay off of mobile devices and went so far as to have employees start sing mechanical punch cards to track their hours. IT security teams have been working to save what they can from the compromised servers. The FBI has been investigating the hack.
Despite precautions, Sony Pictures employees received another email on Friday. Here is a purported copy of that email, which goes on to threaten employees' family members:
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 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 Pictures 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.
At the same time on Friday, the GOP released a compressed file claiming to contain "confidential data".
While it hasn't been confirmed, there is speculation that the cyberattacks are coming from North Korea, which may be upset over an upcoming comedy, The Interview, in which Seth Rogen and James Franco attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-un, the country's leader.