Sony Hackers Might Have Targeted CNN As Well

The computer hackers who felled Sony Pictures might also have targeted a major cable news organization possibly CNN, said reports.

An online research company reported on Wednesday that it saw a bulletin for the FBI, which comments on activities of the hacking group Guardians of Peace, the group that claimed credit for shutting down the computer networks at Sony and subsequently publishing internal emails as well as sensitive data for tens of thousands of employees at Sony Pictures.

The FBI bulletin, which the Department of Homeland Security also received, calls Sony USPER1 and another news organization that was unnamed as USPER2.

The bulletin, dated December 24, says its purpose is to provide information on the November cyber intrusion that targeted USPER1 and the related threats about the release of The Interview.

In addition, the treats were extended to USPER2 and might extend to other alike organizations sometime soon, reported the online research company.

The bulletin, per the online site, said some messages posted online by the GOP on December 20, were taunting in nature toward the FBI and the news organization.

The actual messages could not be retrieved by the online research company, but another online news blog said it had seen the messages and they had mocked the reporting by CNN of the Sony attack.

Earlier in December, the FBI said that its investigators concluded that the late November intrusions had been orchestrated by North Korea.

However, a number of independent security experts are quite skeptical of the government agency’s conclusion, but the United States has thus far stuck to its claim that the guilt lies with North Korea.

The government of North Korea denied its involvement.

The Interview had its release delayed when the GOP had threatened there would be violence against movie theaters in the U.S. that showed the film, which centers on bumbling journalists that become recruited by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to assassinate Kim Jong-un the leader of North Korea.

Eventually Sony released the film online and it is now screening at different cinemas around the country.

 

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