The self-proclaimed "Guardians of Peace" have been relentless with constant Sony leaks, including embarrassing and racist emails, protected health information of employees and their families, and even employee social security numbers.
The Guardians of Peace allegedly have ties to North Korea although this has not been confirmed. The FBI is reportedly investigating the massive hack. Pyongyang has not taken any responsibility for the hack but has called the cyber-attack a "righteous deed."
"The hacking into SONY Pictures might be a righteous deed of the supporters and sympathizers with the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) in response to its appeal," a spokesman for the National Defence Commission (NDC) told the country's KCNA news agency.
The massive security breach is wreaking havoc on the company and could spell trouble for the future of the company on several fronts. Hackers released an embarrassing email chain between executives Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin, which reportedly called Angelina Jolie a "marginally talented spoiled brat." Another email between executives poked fun at which movies President Barack Obama would like, such as Django Unchained which boasts a cast of black actors.
The hackers also revealed some of Sony's secrets such as thousands of important passwords, sensitive details on TV and and movie deals, and even salaries of employees, including actors.
The massive breach could cost the company up to $100 million and could take months to repair. Sony Pictures reportedly has no idea how much data hackers were able to harvest. Impending leaks could last for months. Sony Pictures has also been forced to suspend filming due to issues with its payment systems.
Update 12/13/14, 6:41pm: The Guardians of Peace hackers have released additional emails from their trove of data they harvested from Sony servers. The hackers now claim that they are preparing a "Christmas surprise" that will "put Sony Pictures into the worst state.".
Update 12/16/14: The Guardians of Peace hackers have made threats to any movie theater that plays The Interview on Christmas day. The threat alludes to the attack on 9/11:
"Warning. We will clearly show it to you at the very time places 'The Interview' be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you'd better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce SONY."
Sony has since pulled the movie from public release. The move has garnered mixed reactions. The FBI claims the hack potentially has links to North Korea, China, Russia, or Iran.