Hackers who carried out an attack on Sony Pictures might have been working from a posh hotel in Bangkok according to new revelations. Bloomberg reports that the attack was carried out using the hotel’s high-speed internet connection just days after North Korea distanced itself from the attack but praised it as a righteous deed. Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) has already confirmed that it lost large amount of sensitive information from the attack.
The attack came in the wake of Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) reportedly preparing to air a contentious comedy movie depicting the assassination of North Korea leader, Kim Jong-Un. The film called The interview has already attracted huge public attention especially on a trailer running on YouTube with estimates standing at 406,000 views a day. Bloomberg’s, John Dawson, reports the film caused $44 million to produce.
“Either this was a remote controlled hacking through the hotel, the other way it was used in the hotel. If it was a remote controller hacker, again it’s not going to be in the building again but in public areas in a room no one quite knows as yet,” said Mr. Dawson.
North Korea through state-run media had already warned of severe consequences had the studio unit went forth to air the film. The hack through the posh hotel was carried out at 12:25 am Bangkok time on December 2, 2014 with data pertaining to 47,000 Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) employees being stolen.
“47,000 Sony employees were hacked and several Hollywood stars including Mr. Stallone of Rocky film. […] Salaries, addresses, social security details contact details emails and phone numbers all these was hacked,” said Mr. Dawson.
Who hacked Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) and why he did remains a mystery as investigation into the incidence that crippled Sony Pictures continues. There are already speculation that the hacking episode could have been the work of DarkSeoul; a hacking group suspected of hacking South Korean banks back in 2013. Speculation is also rife that the hackers might have been sponsored by the North Korean Government who have vehemently opposed the airing of the comedy film The Interview.
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