FBI to CNN: You’re the Next Target After Sony Hack [WATCH VIDEO]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has just issued a warning to US news media organization CNN, telling them they’re next on the cyberattack hit list following Sony Pictures’ hack incident last year. Read on for further details.
The FBI has sent out a bulletin to news media giant, CNN claiming the Guardians of Peace (GOP), the same group that declared ownership over the massive data breach perpetrated on Sony Pictures last November 2014, have targeted them for a similar attack to happen soon.
According to the Intercept, a Joint Intelligence Bulletin issued by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, the same hacker group “may extend to other such organizations in the near future.”
While the bulletin did not specifically name Sony Pictures or CNN, they used code words to make it clear the GOP have moved on to target the news organization.
After the Sony hack incident late last year when unreleased movies and screenplays, bank account information, insensitive and racist internal emails, as well as confidential employee and actor data were made public, the GOP also promised 9/11-like threats against movie theaters daring to show controversial film, “The Interview,” on its Christmas Day release date, causing Sony to pull the movie from distribution.
Sony eventually released the film online and at independent theaters on Christmas Eve, raking in $15 million and $13 million, respectively on the first day opening. And while the GOP continued to claim ownership of the hack, the FBI pointed its fingers at North Korea as the perpetrator of the cyberterrorist act, causing officials in the Kim Jong-un stronghold to threaten to blow up the White House and the Pentagon.
After an independent investigation made by cybersecurity firm, Norse, the identity of six hack suspects emerged, one of which was revealed to be a former Sony tech employee who was laid off last May 2014.
The FBI’s "For Official Use Only" bulletin has now emerged “to provide information on the late-November 2014 cyber intrusion targeting USPER1 and related threats concerning the planned release of the movie, ‘The Interview.’ Additionally, these threats have extended to USPER2 —a news media organization—and may extend to other such organizations in the near future.”
The GOP was last heard mocking the FBI on a YouTube video, calling the government law enforcement agency a bunch of “idiots.”
Watch the video here:
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