Sony Pictures was targeted in a “well-planned” and “unparalleled” attack, according to forensic experts that were hired by the company after one of the most prolific cyber-attacks of all-time was carried out recently. The attack was destructive and knocked Sony’s network off line and cost the company millions. The investigators even went as far as to refer to the entity responsible an “organized group.”
While the attack did undoubtedly millions of dollars in damage – the company has not come clean regarding what the cost of the attack actually was. It’s possible that the uncertainty is the reason why Sony is remaining tight-lipped about the attack to this point. As the investigation continues to unfold – and it’s undoubtedly only in the beginning stages – Sony will get a better understanding of what kind of damage was done, and how much it would cost.
The malware that attacked the computers did manage to wipe entire drives off of computers – which require the drives to be reinstalled just to return the computers to a functional state. However, the big question on people’s minds is who is responsible for the attack. Over the weekend debate has been raised as questions regarding North Korea – who classified a Seth Rogan and James Franco film, called “The Interview” an act of war and terrorism. The plot of the film follows two individuals who are asked by the CIA to assassinate the leader of North Korea.
While the film is a comedy – it was not received well in North Korea – where little is received well if it comes from an American. The security team investigating noted that “The scope of this attack differs from any we have responded to in the past, as its purpose was to both destroy property and release confidential information to the public.”
North Korea though has denied having any role in the attack. In a statement they said, “We do not know where in America the Sony Pictures is situated and for what wrongdoings it became the target of the attack nor we feel the need to know about it.” The group behind the attack is simply identified as #GOP and according to threatening messages that were sent to employees over the weekend – the families of employees would be at risk as well moving forward. The group has noted that they have extensive plans and that ending Sony is a very small project for a group that claims to extend globally, and have seemingly endless reach.