Do Not Keep Your Passwords In A Folder Named 'Password' Like Sony!
It’s been a rough week for Sony execs. And things are only going to get worse. It would almost be enough to make you feel bad for the poor schmucks in IT — that is until you realise that the company hid its most sensitive password data under the label “Passwords”.gizmodo.com.au
The exposed Sony passwords were included in a file directory called “Password.” The directory held 139 Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, zip files, and PDFs containing thousands of passwords to Sony Pictures’ internal computers, social media accounts, and web services accounts.
Most of the files are plainly labeled with titles like “password list.xls” or “YouTube login passwords.xlsx,” according to BuzzFeed News’ report.
1 Dec: High-Quality Versions Of Five New Sony Pictures Movies Have Been Leaked To File-Sharing Websites In A Copyright-Infringement Case
Sony Pictures Entertainment's security woes escalated this weekend when it was reported that a handful of the studio's recently produced films were released to file-sharing websites. The pirated copies began showing up online just days after a security breach reportedly forced the film and TV arm of Japanese tech and media conglomerate Sony to shut down its network.cnet.com
At least five new movies from Sony Pictures are being devoured on copyright-infringing file-sharing hubs online in the wake of the hack attack that hobbled the studio earlier in the week.variety.com
The Movies Are 'Annie', 'Fury', 'Still Alice', 'Mr. Turner' And 'To Write Love On Her Arms'. Except For 'Fury', All The Movies Have Not Been Released In Theaters.
With the exception of Fury, none of the movies have been released in theaters, though DVDs of Fury are not yet for sale, either.time.com
Musical remake Annie is the biggest unreleased title in the leak; due in theaters worldwide next month, it opens wide in the U.S. on December 19. Still Alice, the Alzheimer’s drama that’s propelling Julianne Moore into the Oscar race, hits limited screens on December 5. Mike Leigh’s period biopic Mr. Turner is set for a December 19 limited bow.deadline.com
'Fury' was released in Malaysia on 23 October 2014.
'Fury' Is The Biggest Leak With Over 1.2 Million Downloads While'Annie' Has Been Downloaded By 206,000 Unique IP Addresses
“Fury” has been downloaded by over 888,000 unique IP addresses since showing up on peer-to-peer networks on Nov. 27, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio. That’s high enough to be the second most-downloaded movie currently being pirated, and it’s not out of movie theaters yet. Another big Sony movie, “Annie,” is also being pirated, this one three weeks ahead of its own wide release. Other Sony movies being downloaded include “Mr. Turner,” “Still Alice” and “To Write Love on Her Arms.”variety.com
Nov. 30, 11 a.m. Pacific: “Fury” now has been downloaded via piracy sites more than 1.2 million times, while “Annie” has topped 206,000 downloads by unique IP addresses, according to Excipio. Downloads of “Still Alice” stood at 103,832, followed by “Mr. Turner” at 63,379 and “To Write Love on Her Arms” at 19,946.variety.com
The DVD-Quality Film Leaks Could Be Rips Of DVD Screeners
A Week Ago On 24 November, Sony Was Hacked By A Group Called "Guardians Of Peace". Sony Was Worried That The Hackers Could Be North Korean Cyberwarriors.
Sony Pictures went offline Monday (24 November 2014) after a group calling themselves #GOP hacked into the company, leaving behind an ominous demand displayed on employees' computers in New York and L.A. Images of the attack began circulating Monday just before 11 a.m. ET, when employees—reportedly across the country—were instructed to stop using their computers, corporate email accounts, and cell phone wifi access.gawker.com
According to Recode sources, Sony is worried that they're (the hackers) actually North Korean cyberwarriors. The company and its security consultants are "actively exploring" theories that an outfit in China breached the network on North Korea's behalf. Investigators haven't confirmed anything, but they also haven't ruled out the Korean link so far.
Supposedly, the digital assault may be tied to the Christmas Day release of The Interview, a comedy about an attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The country vowed "merciless retaliation" over the movie, and a cyberattack on the responsible studio would certainly qualify.
It Is Still Unknown Whether The Leaks Is Related To The Guardian Of Peace Hack Where An Estimated 11,000 Gigabytes Of Data Was Stolen
There's no confirmation that these leaks have any connection to the #GOP hack, but in that attack, hackers stole an estimated 11,000 gigabytes of data that may also include passport and visa info of cast and crew along with info regarding Sony's IT systems, according to a Reddit thread.gizmodo.com
A source with knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the hacking earlier this week divulged that the multi-title leak is likely related to the hacking. Many of the leaked copies are watermarked.cnbc.com
Regardless of whether the hacks are related to Monday's attack, won't dissuade Sony from pressing charges and addressing the leak as "a criminal matter," according to an official spokesperson. However, it's hard to say whether these four leaked films are the end of Sony's piracy woes or just the beginning.gizmodo.com
Sony Has Condemned The Leak As A Criminal Theft
Sony condemned the leak without elaborating on its source. “The theft of Sony Pictures Entertainment content is a criminal matter, and we are working closely with law enforcement to address it,” the studio said in a statement.time.com