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Sony Hack 'Unparalleled and Well Planned Crime'

Saturday, 06 Dec 2014 06:23 PM

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton told employees of the embattled studio Saturday that the hack attack that has resulted in the leak of employees' personal information and internal business documents is unprecedented in nature.

Lynton's email message was obtained by Variety and includes a note from Kevin Mandia, the founder of the cyber security firm Mandiant that Sony has tapped in recent weeks to help it respond to the breach.

Mandia argues that Sony could not have been fully prepared for the assault because "... 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. The bottom line is that this was an unparalleled and well planned crime, carried out by an organized group."

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and Sony has been working with law enforcement officials to try to figure out the cause of the attack and to stop the dissemination of its business information. Mandia's words also serve to combat any criticism that Sony was inadequately protected against a cyber assault of this nature.

The hacking has left Sony reeling. Personal information of its 3,803 employees has leaked online, along with a spreadsheet purportedly listing salaries of top studio executives. Five of the studio's films, including "Annie" and "Still Alice," turned up on the internet, where they have been widely pirated. On Friday, a threatening email was sent to employees warning them and their families of "danger."

A group calling itself Guardians for Peace has taken credit for the attack and there has been speculation that North Korea might be involved in the hacking as retaliation for "The Interview," an upcoming Sony comedy about a plot to assassinate the country's leader Kim Jong Un starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

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Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton told employees of the embattled studio Saturday that the hack attack that has resulted in the leak of employees' personal information and internal business documents is unprecedented in nature.Lynton's email message was obtained by...
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