Sony computers hacked in possible blackmail

Sony's computer network was hacked in what may be an attempt at blackmail. The breach is under investigation, according to a company spokesperson who asked to remain anonymous.

The company is investigating the IT matter, according to Bloomberg. The incident began yesterday when a picture of a skull appeared on company computer screens. With the image was a message that read that Sony has been hacked by "#GOP," also known as the Guardians of Peace, and that private data would be released at 6 p.m. ET yesterday if demands were not met.

A statement by Masaki Tsukakoshi, a Sony spokesman, said that Sony Computer Entertainment and the PlayStation Network were operating as normal.

Sony's online entertainment service was hacked in 2011, and the information of 77 million customers was taken.

Sony is the latest victim of international companies that have fallen prey to computer hackers. Two of the biggest retail breaches to date include Home Depot (NYSE:HD), in which 53 million email addresses and 56 payment cards were taken, and Target (NYSE:TGT), which occurred around the holidays in 2013 and ended up costing the big box retailer $148 million.

For more:
-See this Bloomberg article

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