Sony warned before hack that its networks were vulnerable to attack

Before its networks were ravaged by hackers, Sony Pictures Entertainment was reportedly warned its networks were at risk.

Published Sun, Dec 14 2014 2:20 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:12 PM CST

Before Sony Pictures Entertainment was compromised in a significant cyberattack that crippled its computer systems and led to large amounts of data stolen, the company was warned of lapses in cybersecurity. SPE's firewall and at least 100 other devices were being monitored by the studio's in-house team instead of Sony's corporate security team, according to an audit done by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Sony warned before hack that its networks were vulnerable to attack | TweakTown.com

"Security incidents impacting these network or infrastructure devices may not be detected or resolved [in a] timely [manner]," according to a PrincewaterhouseCoopers confidential report available in September. Re/code received a copy of the report and indicated SPE knew of significant security problems, but had a slow reaction time before trying to resolve problems.

Hollywood studios and other major corporations have the opportunity to learn from SPE's significant data breach, at Sony's expense.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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