Sony picture’s employees had to rely on older technologies to keep the network running when the company’s computers were hacked this Thanksgiving, according to new information revealed by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
They handed-off insights about the cyber-attack via telephone from one individual onto the next one and they needed to pull in old devices in order to issue palpable checks since wiring wages through bank deposits was not possible. All of a sudden Sony’s old stockpile of Blackberry company handsets turned into a valuable asset as they were able to send and get messages via their own servers. As a result the old gadgets surfaced and got cleaned off to be handed in to executives.
Besides insights into what happened at the time, the new reports also shed some light on how the investigation proceeded.
While the organization rapidly contacted the FBI, workers thought that the breach was something of small importance that they could fix within a few weeks’ time. Michael Lynton aka Sony Entertainment Chief Executive, said that it took the company stuff about a day and a half to realize that things were going down and they would not be able to get them up and running very fast. During the Thanksgiving weekend Sony’s IT experts were actually busy trying to figure out how to get the email servers working.
All that time, the federal agents and a FireEye Inc. cybersecurity team organized their own centers of command. A week later they came to assume that North Korea might have been behind the hack. However, in the end they established that hackers affiliated to the Guardians of Peace stole the log-in data from a systems manager. Once logged in they collected network data and released a virus to erase all the files. According to Wall Street reports FireEye’s agents are still not totally convinced that they’ve shut off all Sony’s access ways for hackers. However, they estimate that if the system holds secure, Sony’s network could be working again sometimes in the next two months.
The recent disclosures also portray how Lynton behaved behind the curtains. Apparently, he was already discussing with Google when the company officially announced that it does not intend to release “The Interview” anywhere else in the near future. The announcement prompted a blast of reactions as people perceived it as a sign of submitting to terrorist requests. The executive also reached the managers of cinema chains in an endeavor to contain any damage he might have created after rebuking them for declining to roll the motion picture.
Numerous cinemas choose not to screen ‘The Interview’ after the GOP issued threats directed to everybody who intended to see it in cinema halls. But Sony still released the film through ITunes, Google Play, Youtube, Playstation and Xbox Stores as well as in in several independent theaters across the U.S.
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