Sony Hackers May Target Media, FBI Bulletin Warns (Report)
Threats extend to "a news media organization — and may extend to other such organizations in the near future," the FBI Joint Intelligence Bulletin reads.
After wreaking havoc on Sony Pictures Entertainment, hackers linked to the cyberattack threatened an unnamed "news media organization," according to a reported FBI bulletin dated Dec. 24.
Threats from the hacking group extend to "a news media organization — and may extend to other such organizations in the near future," the FBI Joint Intelligence Bulletin reads. A news outlet is not named in the bulletin, as noted by The Intercept's reporter Jana Winter.
The group connected to the Sony Pictures hack, the Guardians of Peace, was linked by the FBI on Dec. 19 to the North Korean government. The FBI bulletin notes that the hacking group "taunted" the agency and the unnamed media organization in Dec. 20 messages posted on Pastebin "and implied an additional threat."
The Sony hack, which began on Nov. 24, leaked sensitive personal and business data and emails from the studio's employees and executives online.
The FBI's Dec. 20 statement described the attack as an "intrusion into SPE's network [that] consisted of the deployment of destructive malware" and that the North Korean regime was "responsible for these actions."
After initially canceling the release of the North Korean assassination comedy The Interview after major theater circuits declined to show the film, Sony announced a limited theatrical release for the title on Dec. 23.
The FBI National Press Office said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, "As part of our ongoing public-private partnerships, the FBI and DHS routinely share information with the private sector and law enforcement community. The FBI and DHS are not aware of any specific credible information indicating a threat to entertainment or news organizations; however, out of an abundance of caution, we will continue to disseminate relevant information observed during the course of our investigations."