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Sony Pictures network downed in ransomware attack

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ group employees work with paper and pencils for second day after cyber raid

Sony Pictures network downed in ransomware attack
Sony Pictures is responsible for movies such as the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ series.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, the US media subsidiary of Sony Corp, became the victim of a ransomware attack this week, according to online media reports.

The film group responsible for "The Amazing Spider-Man" series and the forthcoming remake of "Annie" was confronted with a message that the company's network had been "Hacked By #GOP" - using a hashtag standing for "Guardians of Peace", but more commonly associated with the US Republican Party - before internal systems ground to a halt.

In the message, the group responsible claimed to be in possession of sensitive data and threatened to release the "secrets" if Sony Pictures did not give in to its demands.

"We've already warned you," the perpetrators wrote, according to the LA Times. "This is just a beginning. We continue till our request be met."

The company yesterday said it was working on the problem for a second day, while its employees used pencils and paper to get work done.

No details of the method of incursion were available and no mention was made of the precise demands of the assailants.

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