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Sony Pictures Hack Sophisticated Enough to Enter Government Websites

News by Luke Jones on Saturday December 13, 2014.

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The Sony Pictures hack saga show no signs of abating, and in fact the perpetrators, the so-called Guardians of Peace (GOP), are even hinting at a worldwide cyber terrorism act and that Sony is just the first target. They managed to steal 100 terabytes of data including information on employee salaries, movie scripts and even screening versions of upcoming films that have since been leaked online.

Ars Technica has reported that the FBI think the attack is detailed and sophisticated. The FBI's assistant director of the cyber division Joseph Demarest said on Wednesday in a testimony to Congress that the hack was so complex that it could have broken most websites, even those belonging to government entities.

The level of sophistication is extremely high and we can tell...that [the hackers] are organized and certainly persistent," the FBI official said. "In speaking with Sony and separately, the Mandiant security provider, the malware that was used would have slipped or probably gotten past 90% of Net defences that are out there today in private industry and [likely] challenged even state government.

As the publication notes, the FBI, Mandiant or Sony are yet to explain what makes this hack "unprecedented."

source: Ars Technica

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