Michael Lynton says Sony Pictures had no 'playbook' for cyberattack

Sony Pictures is still trying to recover from the GOP data breach that took place before Thanksgiving, and it remains a bump road.

Published Fri, Jan 9 2015 1:37 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:11 PM CST

Sony Pictures managed to release "The Interview" to the Internet on Christmas Eve and in theaters on Christmas, but it continues to be a bumpy road for the movie studio. The Guardians of Peace hacker group compromised SPE servers, took all the data, and then "wiped them clean" so Sony no longer had backups.

Michael Lynton says Sony Pictures had no 'playbook' for cyberattack | TweakTown.com

The initial breach took place shortly before Thanksgiving, and the movie studio's networks are still down - and likely won't be back online for a few more weeks, at the earliest.

"We are the canary in the coal mine, that's for sure," said Michael Lynton, Sony Pictures CEO, in an interview with the Associated Press. "There's no playbook for this, so you are in essence trying to look at the situation as it unfolds and make decisions without being able to refer to a lot of experiences you've had in the past or other peoples' experiences. You're on completely new ground."

"The Interview" has generated more than $31 million from sales online and on-demand, while only having a $40 million budget - the best digital release for a major movie. It has been rented, purchased and streamed more than 4.3 million times.

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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