Sony Pictures studio is now getting back to routine after the computer hack which hit the studio last week. The computers at the Culver City Unit, which are the most important part of the company’s operating, got back online. In the last week, the hack left all employees no option but working using pens, papers and fax machines.
The company released a press statement which read, “Sony Pictures continues to work through issues related to what was clearly a cyberattack last week. The company has restored a number of important services to ensure ongoing business continuity and is working closely with law enforcement officials to investigate the matter.” The executives of the company have however not commented on the intensity of the attack, nor stated the hazards caused.
Sony has faced such an attack not for the first time. Its PlayStation Network was the victim of a 2011 hack that stole millions of user accounts from the online gaming service. Also in August, hackers took the network offline with a “denial of service.” Out of all the movies leaked, ‘Annie’ is releasing on December 19. ‘Fury’ is by far the most popular among file-sharers. The FBI is said to have been investigating the matter. “The targeting of public- and private-sector computer networks remains a significant threat. The FBI will continue to identify, pursue and defeat individuals and groups who pose a threat in cyberspace,” said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
Sony has deputed Mandiant, a cyberforensics unit of the security firm FireEye, to assist in the search for the hackers. The team has already set on its cyber spying activity to nab the hackers. The hack message on the computer screens of employees read text “Hacked By #GOP”. The message appeared alongside a red skeleton, after which the machines shut down. The message also stated that the hackers had given Sony Pictures multiple warnings, and now all the ‘secrets’ were going to be leaked.