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Sony Hack: 'Critical' Systems Won't Be Back Online Until February

Sony still hasn't recovered from the massive cyberattack that leaked massive amounts of internal company information onto the open Internet.
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The massive late-2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures may not be dominating the headlines as much in the new year, but the company is still suffering from the fallout. In a filing to regulators in Japan, Sony revealed late Thursday that several of Sony Pictures' critical systems are still offline and won't be restored until early February.

"Most of SPE’s financial and accounting applications and many other critical information technology applications will not be functional" until early next month, Sony wrote in the filing. That's because the breach caused a serious "amount of destruction and disruption," and the company is trying to "avoid further damage by prematurely restarting functions."

Also in the filing, the company requested that regulators allow Sony to file its third-quarter financial results on March 31 instead of February 16 as scheduled. Sony blamed the delay on the fallout from the hack but said the incident isn't expected to have a "material" effect on its quarterly results.


-- Julianne Pepitone