Sony Pictures - 24/11/2014
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Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered a data breach when hackers posted threatening messages on company computers. According to a report the threat "began with a skull appearing on screens, and then a strangely ominous message telling users they’d been hacked by something called #GOP. It gets more bizarre as the message claims this is just the beginning and then threatens to release documents by 11 PM this evening."The company has completely shut down all email communications and employees are not allowed to use company computers while the entertainment giant works through where and what the threat is and if it is real. The original threat did not give specifics or communicate any kind of "ransom" for the data that had supposedly been hacked.UPDATE (12/5/2014): A data security analyst has discovered information leaked by the hacker (s) goes beyond what was originally reported.According to the security company Identity Finder, showed that leaked files included vast amount of personal data on "more than 47,000 celebrities, freelancers, and current and former Sony employees". "An analysis of 33,000 leaked Sony Pictures documents by data security software firm Identity Finder showed that the leaked files included the personal information, salaries and home addresses for employees and freelancers who worked at the studio. Some of the celebrities include Sylvester Stallone, director Judd Apatow and Australian actress Rebel Wilson, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the analysis". Additional information such as contracts, termination dates, termination reason and other data was also leaks. Unfortunately these files were in Excel format without any password protection.