Hacking appears to be news on a daily basis. Hackers are in every town in every country. The latest victim in the war on cybercriminals is Sony Pictures. The technology firm did not respond to any requests for comment this week, but they have confirmed they have experienced a “system disruption.” News site The Next Web has reported that all Sony employees at the Los Angeles office were ordered to go home and also to avoid using the company network.

A source from within Sony informed the news site that “a single server was compromised and the attack was spread from there.” An individual claiming to be a former Sony employee showed a page with the words “Hacked by #GOP.”  The image was posted on the Reddit social network. It was unclear what GOP stands for, but there are some reports that the hacker group is called Guardians of Peace. Apparently the image mentioned demands regarding ‘equality’ that must be met by Sony or important files would be made public knowledge.

Geek.com has also said the hackers leaked a large file containing with spreadsheets and what appear to be passwords. “We’ve already warned you, and this is just a beginning,” the message posted on Reddit said. “We continue till our request be met… If you don’t obey us, we’ll release the data shown to the world.”

A Sony statement to the entertainment publication said: “Sony Pictures Entertainment experienced a system disruption, which we are working diligently to resolve.” The Hollywood Reporter said it had confirmed the breach, but said the aims of the hackers were unclear. The Sony Pictures website is still at the time of writing, functioning normally.

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SOURCE: http://phys.org/news/2014-11-sony-pictures-network-reportedly-hackers.html