People stand in front of the Sony headquarters in Tokyo, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Sony Corp. sank to a 138 billion yen ($1.3 billion) quarterly loss, hit by costs from selling its personal computer business and is forecasting more red ink as it struggles to execute a long-promised turnaround.
Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer network has been breached in a hack that reportedly forced the company to completely shut its systems.
A Reddit poster and alleged ex-Sony Pictures employee has uploaded an image, which he claims appeared on all of Sony Pictures' computers screens Monday. The image says the system has been hacked by #GOP, which stands for hacker group Guardians of Peace.
The image contains a ransom-style message, claiming the group will release Sony's "secret" data if its demands are not met.
"We already warned you, and this is just a beginning. We continue till our request be met. We've obtained all of your internal data including your secrets and top secrets. If you don't obey us, we'll release the data shown below to the world," says the message.
The deadline for releasing the data is 6PM ET Tuesday.
According to the BBC, Sony Pictures said in a statement that it's investigating the "IT matter."
Variety reports Sony Pictures has warned employees to not connect to corporate networks or access their email. Variety's source at Sony Pictures claims the company estimates the issue might take anywhere from one day to three weeks to be resolved.
Sony is definitely no stranger to hacker attacks — its PlayStation Network was hacked in April 2011, and again in August 2014. Sony Pictures was hacked as well in June 2011, exposing private data from more than 37,000 users.
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