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Former employees 'not surprised' by Sony Pictures hack, latest leak includes sensitive celebrity data and social security numbers

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Last week, all computers at Sony Pictures were hacked and the attackers were able to steal almost 1,100GB of private data. The leak also includes sensitive data of celebrities like Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow, apart from nearly 47,000 social security numbers. A new report further claims that former Sony Pictures executives were aware of this vulnerability beforehand, and it ‘was a long time coming’.

Fusion.net reports that Sony s IT officials kept employees passwords hidden in a folder named password. On conditions of anonymity, these employees highlighted specific vulnerabilities on company websites and systems that were never addressed. Sony s information security team is a complete joke. We’d report security violations to them and our repeated reports were ignored. For example, one of our Central European website managers hired a company to run a contest, put it up on the TV network s website and was collecting personally identifying information without encrypting it. A hack of our file server about a year ago turned out to be another employee in Europe who left himself logged into the network (and our file server) in a cafe, said one of them.

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Another employee chose to blame the lack of information security infrastructure and said, The real problem lies in the fact that there was no real investment in or real understanding of what information security is.

Currently, Sony has a small 11-member IT team, taking care of over 7,000 employees. The intruders now have a treasure trove of information including movie budgets, salary information, social security numbers, health care files, unreleased films, and the latest info dump ‘Passwords’.

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A latest report in WSJ, states that the treasure trove also includes 47,000 social security numbers and confidential celebrity data. After analyzing these files, the report states that sensitive information on Sylvester Stallone, director Judd Apatow and Australian actress Rebel Wilson is also included.

This hack is reportedly linked to North Korea, which is against the release of the movie The Interview, a comedy title starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The movie is about two celebrity journalists, who visit North Korea to interview Kim Jong-Un, the Supreme leader of the nation. These journalists then get assigned by the CIA to kill him. North Korea is utterly against the release of this movie, as it finds it an act of war , it said in a letter sent to United Nations.

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  • Published Date: December 5, 2014 1:04 PM IST
  • Updated Date: December 5, 2014 1:04 PM IST