Cyber security company Mandiant, which is investigating the hacking incident at the Sony Pictures Entertainment, on Saturday called the breach on the technology systems of the studio as ‘unprecedented’ and ‘highly damaging’.
In an emailed statement to Sony chief executive Michael Lynton, Mandiant founder Kevin Mandia disclosed the scope of the cyber attack.
“The scope of this attack differs from any we have responded to in the past, as its purpose was to both destroy property and release confidential information to the public,” reads the emailed statement which was shared Lynton with the Sony employees.
The email further reads, “The bottom line is that this was an unparalleled and well planned crime, carried out by an organized group, for which neither SPE nor other companies could have been fully prepared.”
Lynton’s message to employees comes a day after the group behind the hack, Guardians of Peace, sent a series of threatening emails to the Sony staffers and their closed ones.
In his note to employees, Lynton said, “Over the last week, some of you have asked about the strength of our information security systems and how this attack could have happened. Mr. Mandia’s note is helpful in understanding the nature of what we are dealing with.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the cyber attack and its possible link with North Korea. The probing agency has recently found an association between the hacking and North Korea. The investigators believe this may have come in retaliation for the release of Sony Pictures’s upcoming comedy flick, “The Interview,” which mainly centers on a fictional attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.