Almost six months after the November 2014 cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, one of its investigators has offered fresh insights into the amount of data lost in the breach.
In an interview with CBS News this week (April 12th), Kevin Mandia – chief operating officer at security firm FireEye – discussed how after stealing reams of the studio’s intellectual property, the hackers had started to systematically destroy its systems.
They managed to wipe the contents of more than 3,000 computers and 800 servers, he said, and around 6,000 employees were “given a taste of living offline” because their data was gone and their employer was off the grid.
Mr Mandia noted that these individuals were quick to recognise what they usually took for granted: “You can’t get your e-mail. People’s benefits can’t be processed appropriately. Time cards can’t be done.”
Shortly after the Sony hack, SC Magazine tipped data destruction-oriented cyber attacks to be one of the top information security trends of 2015, putting pressure on firms to manage key data effectively to prevent service disruption.
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