Further to devastating attack on the networks of Sony Pictures Entertainment, US Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI has warned businesses that hackers have used malware to launch destructive attacks in the United States.
In a five-page confidential “flash” warning sent to businesses, the FBI provided technical details about the malware, but did not mention the victim. FBI says, this nasty malware can overwrite data and even close down networks. The malware in question is linked to the Sony hack, where hackers eventually leaked all the data they had on the internet. The leaked data included passwords, Outlook mailboxes, employee information and copies of passports belonging to both actors and crews working on film projects have been released.
Apparently, cyber-attack against Sony Pictures is linked to the release of a film, The Interview, which is about North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Earlier this year, North Korea complained about the film to the United Nations and branded it as “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism.” The North Korean ambassador Ja Song Nam labelled the comedy’s release an “act of war” in a letter to the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, in July, while the North Korean foreign ministry threatened “merciless counter-measures” if the US allowed the release of the film.
Investigations says, the destructive attack on Sony Pictures was instigated by North Korea. Speaking to the BBC, when asked whether North Korea was responsible for the attack, a spokesman for the North Korean government said “Wait and see.”
However, the FBI is also investigating the cyber-attack and advises businesses of various cyber threat indicators observed during the course of the investigations.” The FBI spokesman said, “The FBI has provided technical details about the malware in order to help systems administrators guard against the actions of persistent cyber-attacks.”
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