Sony Hack Cripples Network, Releases Reams of Private Data
Sony Pictures Entertainment has suffered what may have been the most massive corporate attack in history, leaking upcoming movies, releasing private data on executive salaries, and ravaging its computer network. And unlike other corporate breaches, the hackers didn’t just want to steal data – they wanted to send a message, posting disturbing images on computer screens of studio execs’ severed heads.
Among the data leaked:
Here’s how badly the hack affected day-to-day business: Sony had to shut down its internal computer network to stop data-wiping malware from causing further damage, forcing employees to use paper and pens.
The breach has revealed at least a few company-wide security issues. Among them: A folder named “Password,” released by the hackers, contains thousands of private passwords, stored in plaintext documents without any kind of protection.