FBI Issues Dire Malware Warning After Sony Hack

Sony Pictures Entertainment is getting back up and running after a computer hack shut down its systems last week. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning companies about a possible new threat in the form of malicious software similar to the attack on Sony.

Before the shut down last week, a message on SonyEUs internal computer screens read EUHacked By #GOP,EU according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times reported the acronym stood for EUGuardians of Peace.EU

The message also offered a list of threats, and told Sony it had EUsecrets.EU The message said, EUWe've already warned you, and this is just a beginning. We continue till our request be met . . . If you don't obey us, weEUll release data shown below to the world."

A Confidential Flash Warning

"Sony Pictures continues to work through issues related to what was clearly a cyberattack last week," the studio said in a statement. "The company has restored a number of important services to ensure ongoing business continuity and is working closely with law enforcement officials to investigate the matter."

But if the FBIEUs five-page, confidential EUflashEU warning turns into a reality, more companies could suffer SonyEUs fate or worse. Reuters saw the document, which it said the FBI issued to businesses Monday night to offer technical details used in an attack on an unnamed victim. The FBI would not disclose whether it was Sony but the threat sounds similar in nature.

EUThe report said that the malware overrides data on hard drives of computers which can make them inoperable and shut down networks,EU Reuters reported. The report was distributed to security professionals at U.S. companies.

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