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Sony hires FireEye's Mandiant team to clean up hacker mess

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired FireEye's specialist Mandiant team to investigate a cyber attack that caused "serious damage" to its systems, according to Reuters.

Reuters reported that three people "with knowledge of the matter" had confirmed the appointment of the Mandiant forensics team, although FireEye declined V3's request for confirmation of the deal.

Reports of the Sony hack broke on 25 November when a group operating under the #GOP hashtag attempted to blackmail the firm.

"We've obtained all your internal data, including your secrets and top secrets. If you don't obey us, we'll release data shown below to the world," the group said in a message posted on the site.

At the time of publishing Sony had not responded to any of V3's requests for comment on the incident, and the truth of the hackers' claims remains unknown.

However, Reuters reported one of its sources as saying that the attack had crippled the firm's email systems and that the FBI has also been...(continued)

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