After a reportedly massive data breach, Sony Pictures appears to remain at the mercy of hackers who have threatened to share “top secrets” with the public.
The hack was so wide-reaching that the company’s computer system has been completely shut down, according to reports. And now it appears the hackers may have had help from Sony Pictures staffers in penetrating the system.
The Verge reports it was able to reach a person who identified themselves as one of hackers.
In an email, so-called “lena” said: “We Want equality [sic]. Sony doesn’t. It’s an upward battle,” adding that “Sony doesn’t lock their doors, physically, so we worked with other staff with similar interests to get in. Im sorry I can’t say more, safety for our team is important [sic].”
The hackers’ motives aren’t known, but they appear to be identifying themselves as the “Guardians of the Peace.” A Reddit user claiming to be an ex-Sony employee alleged that a threatening message about the hack appeared on all of the company’s employee computers.
“We’ve already warned you, and this is just a beginning. We continue till our request be met [sic]. We’ve obtained all your internal data including your secrets and top secrets. If you don’t obey us, we’ll release the data shown below to the world,” the message reads.
It isn’t apparent that the hackers have leaked any Sony data as of this writing. A phone call to Sony was not returned, and a message sent to a press email account returns an automatic reply message that states the system is “experiencing a disruption.”
Sony has spoken publicly about the breach, but the company’s comments were vague.
“Sony Pictures Entertainment experienced a system disruption, which we are working diligently to resolve,” a Sony spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Variety reports that Sony has warned its employees to avoid accessing their emails, with an estimate of one day to three weeks to mend the problem.
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