Sony hack: firm stored all its passwords in a folder marked, ‘Passwords’

Sony hack: firm stored all its passwords in a folder marked, 'Passwords'
Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in California (Picture: AP)

The recent hacker attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment is turning into one of the most embarrassing in corporate history – after a new online leak revealed that thousands of passwords were stored in a folder called, ‘Passwords’.

The security howler at least partially explains how hackers got hold of so much information so easily – including several unreleased films, which have now leaked onto the internet.

The hackers also leaked private data including Social Security Numbers for 47,000 employees, ex-employees and actors including Sylvester Stallone.

The hackers also leaked an internal memo saying, ‘We continue to be saddled with the mundane, formulaic Adam Sandler films’

Sony Pictures hasn’t said how the hackers breached its system.

MORE: ‘Will we still be paying for Adam Sandler?’ Candid memo leaked in Sony hack

 

But such attacks often start with “phishing” attempts, a compromised website or a malicious insider, said cybersecurity researcher Craig Young at Tripwire, a security software company that works with such businesses as Visa, Mastercard, Walmart and Starbucks.

Given that the hackers were apparently able to obtain unreleased movies as well as personnel records, Social Security numbers, passport photos, technical documents and other material, Young said it is unlikely they used just a single point of access.

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5 December 2014 | 5:33 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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