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Sony Pictures Shuts Down Systems After Cyberattack

Nov 25, 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment was forced to shut down its worldwide email and computer network on Monday after being targeted by hackers who threatened to reveal the company’s “secrets.”

A message entitled “Hacked by #GOP” with a picture of a skeleton in the background appeared on company computers Monday morning, Deadline.com reported.

“We’ve already warned you, and this is just a beginning,” the message read, going on to state that the hackers have obtained “all your internal data including your secrets and top secrets.” They then threatened to release the data by 11 p.m. if their demands aren’t met, but no demands have apparently been made clear yet.

According to Variety, all Sony Pictures employees were told that the issue could take anywhere from a day to three weeks to resolve and have been instructed to turn off their computers and disable wi-fi on their handheld devices.

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