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Sony hackers could breach 90 percent of private companies' and government's securities, says FBI Director

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A hacker group named GOP infiltrated Sony Pictures servers a couple of weeks ago. It has since leaked an awful amount of sensitive information including salary of various Sony s top executives, unreleased movies, as well as security pin and contact details of several Hollywood stars. But that isn t even the most worrisome part about this attack. According to the FBI Director, Sony hackers could have breached 9 out of 10 securities utilized by top companies, ArsTechnica reports. Joseph Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, speaking under oath said that the level of sophistication of the attack put by GOP hackers would have got them access to 90 percent of Net defenses including private companies as well as state governments. “The level of sophistication is extremely high and we can tell…that [the hackers] are organized and certainly persistent,” Demarest said. “In speaking with Sony and separately, the Mandiant security provider, the malware that was used would have slipped or probably gotten past 90 percent of Net defenses that are out there today in private industry and [likely] challenged even state government.”

The hackers are believed to have stolen more than 100GB worth of data from Sony s servers. While it is yet to be confirmed, it is widely reported that North Korean regime could be behind the attack. The hackers have demanded Sony to not release The Interview movie as it mimics, and insults their Supreme leader Kim Jong-Un. Earlier this month, Federal Bureau of Investigation issued an advisory to top technology companies about a malware that overrides data on computer hard drives and prevents computers from booting up.

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  • Published Date: December 12, 2014 7:00 PM IST
  • Updated Date: December 12, 2014 7:03 PM IST