Sony ‘stuck in 1992’ after massive hacks – except for Macs, iPads and iPhones

“It’s been different for everyone,” she said. She was upbeat, optimistic, even after finding out her bank account information had been traded on a black market website. She was worried her identity had also leaked. She imagined her private information on some forum somewhere and shuddered. She had a right to be concerned,” John Biggs reports for TechCrunch. “She works for Sony Pictures. She said she’s now working in an office on lock-down, a throw-back to an earlier time when the Internet wasn’t around. ‘We are stuck in 1992 over here,’ she said.”

“That is what a major corporate security breach sounds like: the squeal of a fax machine and the low murmur of co-workers now required to talk to each other instead of depending on email or instant messages,” Biggs reports. “Unfortunately, some internal systems weren’t quite up to snuff in the first place, leading to more problems. Our source recalls seeing computers that hadn’t been back up in a decade. That means they are still running old, potentially insecure software on old hardware. ‘A lot of people aren’t tech-savvy in this business,’ she said.”

“All is not lost,” Biggs reports. “‘We’re mostly a fully-functioning office. We’re going about or daily business. We just got our voicemail back. Everyone is a little calmer now after the initial shock. A couple of people had their computers removed but people using Macs were fine,’ she said. She said most work is done on iPads and iPhones. An emergency email system is in place but it does not allow attachments… She was quiet a moment. She had to go. After all, she was talking to me on her only office machine, her personal iPhone. And she had work to do.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Gee, wonder what type of computers they were using that got hacked to bits?

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53 Comments

  1. When U read the reports on the Sony hack there is NOWHERE mentioned what kind of environment they utilize! No word on M$ but had it been macs you’d be sure it had been pointed out in every line. M$ has a firm dollar-grip on the media… Call it bribes.

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