UPDATED: Motives of Sony Hackers May Be Tied to ‘The Interview’ After All

By December 8, 2014
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UPDATED 4pm PST: The Hollywood Reporter just published a piece saying that Sony employees will be briefed by the FBI about more stringent cyber security policies and practices. Studio head Michael Lynton sent out a memo to studio employees, which was obtained by THR, and it details that FBI officials would be in the Culver City office on Wednesday. The Bureau has also set up a special email address that employees could send any questions or concerns to, along with Lynton advising that “all hands” would need to be on deck this coming Friday for a meeting detailing the upcoming security strategies.

Original Story: Although it was shortly believed that North Korea was responsible for the heavy digital crimes committed against Sony Pictures Entertainment, the leadership in Pyongyang both denied their involvement, while proclaiming the attack as “righteous,” new messages from the cyber criminals themselves may point to, at least a North Korean influence on their actions.

In a new report on the matter from Variety, its detailed that the group apparently authored a message reading that the studio stop, “immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the war.” Most analysts seem to believe that the movie the message is referring to is indeed The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, that details a plot by the CIA to use two celebrity journalists to assassinate North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un.

Additionally, another message attributed to the attackers reads, “have given our clear demand to the management team of Sony, however they have refused. You, SONY, & FBI, cannot find us.”

The attack on the studio has been causing significant problems in conducting business, including the premature release of several upcoming films, along with a great deal of leaked sensitive information pertaining to the company and many of its employees. Sony’s official public statements on the matter have been minimal, as the investigation seems to be ongoing. Sony also recently suffered an attack on their PlayStation Network service — which allows online access to its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 video game consoles — but another entity has claimed responsibility for that attack.

For more on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation.

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