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12/06/2014 07:15 pm ET Updated Feb 05, 2015

Sony Hack Was 'Unparalleled' Crime, Investigator Says

By Lisa Richwine and Jim Finkle

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON (Reuters) - The forensics experts who Sony Corp hired to investigate the massive cyberattack at its Hollywood studio told the company that the breach was "unprecedented in nature," according to a letter obtained by Reuters.

Kevin Mandia, the top executive at FireEye Inc's Mandiant forensics unit, made the comment in a letter to Michael Lynton, the head of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).

Lynton forwarded that message to his employees on Saturday, saying that the note was "helpful in understanding the nature of what we are dealing with."

Mandia, whose forensics firm has probed some of the biggest and most sophisticated cyberattacks known to date, told Lynton in his email that "The scope of this attack differs from any we have responded to in the past, as its purpose was to both destroy property and release confidential information to the public."

He added in the email that "The bottom line is that this was an unparalleled and well planned crime, carried out by an organized group, for which neither SPE nor other companies could have been fully prepared."

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Jim Finkle)