FBI Leading Probe Into Sony Pictures Hacking Incident

FBI Leading Probe Into Sony Pictures

The FBI said Monday that it is working with other U.S. law enforcement agencies to investigate a hacking attack that hit Sony Pictures Entertainment last week, an incident that was possibly perpetrated by a group affiliated with North Korea.

“The FBI is working with our interagency partners to investigate the recently reported cyber-intrusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment,” the bureau said in an emailed statement. “The targeting of public and private sector computer networks remains a significant threat, and the FBI will continue to identify, pursue and defeat individuals and groups who pose a threat in cyberspace.”

By Monday, SPE had made progress recovering from the Nov. 24 attack, which had effectively disabled its email and other internal systems. Certain critical business systems are now back online, with email service also expected to return on Monday, Variety reported.

The hack resulted in five Sony films — including “Fury” (starring Brad Pitt, pictured above) and unreleased movies such as “Annie” and “Mr. Turner” — being stolen and posted to piracy networks. Sony is working with the FBI and other agencies to investigate the breach, and the studio has hired security firm FireEye and its Mandiant unit to look into the incident.

In the hack, an image of a skeleton appeared on company computers with a message that said, “Hacked by #GOP,” with the group behind it calling itself “Guardians of Peace.” The message threatened to release “secrets and top secrets” of the company.

Sony has been looking into the possibility that hackers with ties to the North Korean regime were behind the assault, although it had not turned up direct evidence of that. The studio has set a Dec. 25 release for “The Interview,” a geopolitical spoof starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, in which the duo are approached by the CIA about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

The hackers who took down Sony Pictures used tools “very similar” to those used last year in cyberattacks on South Korean TV stations and ATMs, which the South Korean government blamed on North Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources.

In a statement, an SPE company rep said: “Sony Pictures continues to work through issues related to what was clearly a cyber attack last week. The company has restored a number of important services to ensure ongoing business continuity and is working closely with law enforcement officials to investigate the matter.”

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  1. zonable says:

    Remember, FBI, no racial profiling per Eric Holder.

  2. Perhaps the FBI should investigate healthcare(dot)gov. Lots of security issues still not resolved !!

  3. Jim D'Griz says:

    FBI is looking into this hacking?, well, you won’t get any answers….

  4. Team USA says:

    Memo to Hollywood Execs: Stop complaining. The movie hack is merely a redistribution of entertainment for the masses who can’t afford it otherwise. You’ve lectured the world in the obama doctrine of sharing the wealth. So be it. Spread the art! Onward, Guardians, give us more.

  5. Bob Rahal says:

    I thought the FBI was Eric Holder’s new White Racist Enforcement branch of government

  6. mdeyoung58 says:

    Wonder when the FBI is going to investigate the hacking by the NSA into the private lives of US citizens? Seems the only time the FBI is concerned about hacking is when it happens to Hollywood films and pictures of nude starlets.

  7. Kae Mechiso says:

    If the FBI could not find Lois Lerner’s emails or even a smidgen of corruption in the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, these hackers have nothing to worry about.

  8. aubreyfarmer says:

    Stop the presses. The FBI is on the case. Play the “Blame it on Russia” card. The FBI is now just another political tool. Anytime an investigation points the finger at the political elite or someone with a lot of money and influence the investigation is terminated. The FBI is controlled by a bunch of Communists. A flaming queen, J. Edgar Hoover headed the FBI for more than 40 years. What does that say about the organization?

  9. Jay says:

    What a joke. A lot of to do about nothing…a publicity stunt to bring awareness to 3 box office flops.

  10. mickrussom says:

    Hey, FBI, the southern border is open and we have a Cloward-Piven-Alinsky enemy within regime inside the police-state-USSA. You might want to look into the IRS fraud, the gun running, the benghazi, you know, all that corruption stuff before looking at this cruft.

  11. Lemonjello says:

    Sony ripped off the artists on their indy labels for years, simply refused to pay them.
    I really don’t feel bad for Sony.

    Here’s to the revolution.


  12. Wallard says:

    You can’t be a real writer director, probably fake

    • Innocent Woman says:

      Believe me this story is very true. And everyone knows about it they make jokes about it. And the FBI should investigate coz whenever I tried to establish my career they stalked me and exploited me wherever I went so I was unable to achieve things. It was horrific.

  13. Innocent Woman says:

    Can the FBI also investigate this I had my laptop and documents raided for about five years to make films for companies like Sony and I never got paid once. In fact sometimes I was starving and they promised me budgets and I got nothing. Some of the movies and people they used me to make money for made hundreds of millions of dollars out of me. I am a writer and director.

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