A hacker group calling itself #GOP is blackmailing Sony Pictures, we’re told. We’re also told the company’s entire network is on lockdown.

But what’s with the childish skull defacement and tone-deaf hashtag? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers sound slightly suspicious about corporate fact-manipulation.

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Ohaio gosaimasu, Anousha Sakoui, who spoke to “a person with knowledge of the matter”:

Sony Corp’s network was hacked in what may be a blackmail attempt. [It] is under investigation, said the person, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

A picture of a skull appeared on company computer screens…accompanied by a message that read Sony had been hacked by #GOP and that private data would be released…if its undisclosed demands weren’t met. [It] is being linked to a group called “Guardians of Peace.”  MORE

Mike Fleming Jr. broke the story:

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