Hacker Group Reportedly Threatens Sony Employees
As a hotel in Thailand is fingered as a potential jumping-off point in the massive breach of Sony Pictures, an email threat warns that employees and their families could "suffer damage."A group claiming to be the hackers that breached Sony Pictures Entertainment's network and leaked massive volumes of sensitive employee and business data reportedly threatened the company's employees and their families in an email message. On Dec. 5, a message from a group calling itself the "Guardians of Peace" to Sony Pictures' workers announced that the hackers planned to cause the company to "collapse" and demanded that employees sign their name in a response to the email or "suffer damage," according to a report in Variety. "If you don't, not only you but your family will be in danger," the email reportedly stated. The late November attack on Sony has become an object lesson on the dangers of cyber-attacks and inadequate security. The hackers stole, among other data, employee information, salary data, business plans and prerelease movies. Following the attack, the criminals then erased key systems in a destructive tactic used in only a handful of previous attacks, most notably the Wiper attack against South Korean companies and the Shamoon attack on oil-and-gas giant Saudi Aramco.
Over the weekend, additional details of the investigation into the breach surfaced. The hackers reportedly used the network of a swank Bangkok, Thailand, hotel, the St. Regis Bangkok, as a jumping-off point from which to leak stolen data, according investigation details leaked to Bloomberg.