Sony cancels the planned release of The Interview following cyber hack.
The cancellation comes following the cyber attack that was first revealed on November 24th and featured leaked staff emails, over 47,000 current and former employees personal details and social security numbers, intellectual property and other proprietary material.
Following the initial hack, the unknown but thought to be North Korean hackers warned the general public to stay away from cinemas or else face a “bitter fate.” Those living in homes near cinemas were told to leave, adding “the world will be full of fear” and releasing the film “will be an act of war”.
This resulted in the majority of cinemas in the US refusing to show the film due to wanting to protect their customers and employees. Thus, Sony have indefinitely delayed the release of the film, saying in a statement: “In light of the decision of the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film [The Interview], we have decided not to move forward with the planned release”. Adding further, “We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie and in doing so, do damage to our company”.
Despite a number of previous cyber attacks that highlighted vulnerabilities in their IT systems and security, Sony appear to have failed to adequately resolve these issues. For instance, in the latest hack, hackers found a file on the network called ‘Usernames&Passwords’ which was neither password protected nor encrypted. Additionally, a lot of the sensitive information released in this cyber attack was found on emails, as attachments on email or in the names of documents themselves.
These security lapses are not unique to Sony but have inevitably added embarrassment following the hack. Security and data protection needs to be at the heart of every industry. It must be present and practiced from the top down, a part of the culture. The Sony hack and resulting consequences will serve as a warning to other organisations of the dangers of poor security.
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