Hackers Demanded Monetary Compensation from Sony Before Cyber Attack

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An email sent to Sony Pictures chiefs Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal has emerged in which monetary compensation was demanded days before the studio was crippled in a cyber attack.

“We’ve got great damage by Sony Pictures,” writes “God’sApstls” in the message that was sent Nov. 21, with the subject line: “Notice to Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.”

“The compensation for it, monetary compensation we want,” it continues. “Pay the damage, or Sony Pictures will be bombarded as a whole. You know us very well. We never wait long. You’d better behave wisely.”

The group does not disclose just how much money it was demanding in the email.

SPE president Doug Belgrad; Steven Bersch, president of Sony Pictures worldwide acquisitions; and president of production, Michael De Luca also received the email.

Mashable was first to publish the email, which was reportedly found in new documents released by hackers on Monday.

While a group called Guardians of Peace is said to be behind the Nov. 24 attack, “God’sApstls” is found in the malware software that was used to break into Sony’s computers and steal data before erasing thousands of sensitive documents from the company’s harddrives.

A separate message sent by GOP referenced an earlier warning, perhaps the one sent Nov. 21.

That message read: “We’ve already warned you, and this is just the beginning.”

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  1. fredalf says:

    What constitutes an act of war? Hasn’t North Korea censored all companies, not just Sony, and all Americans? Hasn’t this act placed a chilling effect on all creative content? What if the movie wasn’t a comedy, but a serious movie that cast North Korea in a bad light? Am I not threatened now for even raising the issue? It’s all well and good that the Sony revelations are so titillating but we have all been attacked by a dangerous foreign power and the only reaction seems to be chuckles.

  2. So Sony execs had prior information that also points to it NOT being an attack from the country of North Korea, and they sat on it so they could use fear to promote a Seth Rogen film? Now the hackers have sent another message that finally mentions this stupid movie (even though they haven’t done the true damage of leaking that film), that’s written in better English than their previous messages? You really need to hire some better fiction writers over there, cause none of this is believable.

    Exactly how many North Koreans are Christians, and can’t properly speak Korean??? Well, I guess it IS written in broken English, so they MUST be foreign. We don’t have any non-English programmers in this country.

    You may also want to encrypt these films so they can’t be stolen by EMPLOYEES as easy as the hackers did. This entire case points to a non-functioning I.T. staff and horrible systems policies (you have employees store critical data on their HARD DRIVES? Is this 1990??) And people wonder why I quit working for phony entertainment I.T. executives.

    There is no mystery here. If you leave your keys in the car, someone will steal it, and they will likely be wearing a disguise to try to throw you off. You couldn’t have helped them more, unless you just dropboxed the movies to North Korea yourself.

    Stop using hate and fear to promote bad art, and get a CIO that knows how to properly secure your information tech. Hackers have been a part of the internet since it’s been around, YOU are responsible for keeping them out, and you fell asleep on the job.

  3. cadavra says:

    So after a week of this crap, it just turns out to be DIE HARD.

  4. Duke Springer says:

    Next time, Sony, use a secured network like other corporations, and don’t rely on new employees who are fans of your films to transport media.

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