LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — The Federal Bureau of Investigations is investigating what is being described as a major hacking event of Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer systems.
The attack on Sony came to light on Nov. 24th, resulting in a company wide shutdown of the Sony's computer systems and a major data loss, including information multimillion-dollar pre-bonus salaries of executives. Social Security numbers of rank-and-file employees and information, including scripts on production projects.
According to the New York Times, a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace has taken credit for the attacks.
On Monday, the FBI released a special warning to corporate IT security admins about a recently identified destructive malware. While the FBI did not name Sony in the warning, it is believed that they were victims of the malware.
The malware, written in Korean, was similar to a series of electronic attacks that paralyzed several major banks and broadcasters in South Korea in 2013. While the attacks were not linked to North Korea, the timing closely coincided with threats made by North Korean leadership against South Korea and the U.S.
Sony is preparing to release "The Interview" a comedy about American journalists being recruited to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea has been highly critical of the film. – Staff Writers