The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

It's time to take a moment of silence for Sony Pictures, because more startling revelations about leaked information just came out and employees are starting to panic. BuzzFeed raked through some 40 gigabytes of data and found everything from medical records to unreleased scripts. This is probably the worst corporate hack in history.

We already knew that the Sony Pictures hack was bad, but this is just absurd. BuzzFeed's discoveries include documents detailing "employee criminal background checks, salary negotiations, and doctors' letters explaining the medical rationale for leaves of absence." They also include "the script for an unreleased pilot written by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to the results of sales meetings with local TV executives." Better call Saul.


Meanwhile, Fusion's Kevin Roose is reporting on what exactly happened at Sony Pictures when the hack went down. The hack was evidently so extensive that even the company gym had to shut down. And once the hackers started releasing the data, people started "freaking out," one employee said. That saddest part about all of this is that the very worst is probably still to come. Hackers say they stole 100 terabytes of data in total. If only 40 gigabytes contained all of this damning information, just imagine what 100 terabytes contains. [BuzzFeed, Fusion]

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That Sony Pictures Hack Exposed Budgets, Layoffs and 3,800 SSNs

Sony Pictures suffered a pretty devastating hack last week. In fact, according to documents recently leaked on the web, it looks like Sony Pictures might've just suffered one of the worst corporate hacks in history. Salary numbers, layoff strategies, personal details of laid off staffers, and some 3,800 Social Security numbers are now out in the open.

That's really, really bad. Fusion's Kevin Roose just published the details of 26 archives linked to in a Pastebin file purportedly from the attack. Therein is a trove of highly sensitive information about 6,000-plus Sony Pictures employees, details as specific as names, birthdays, and salaries. There are also a number of HR-related charts and spreadsheets that reveal how much it costs Sony Pictures to layoff workers as well as a division-by-division breakdown of salary numbers, including those of senior executives. And those Social Security numbers. There are those, too.


This is bad news for Sony Pictures, not just because of the volume of information leaked or its sensitive nature. It's a clear indication that Sony Pictures, one of the major studios, did a completely piss-poor job with securing its data. Some people think that North Korea is behind the attack as a way to retaliate against The Interview, a Sony Pictures film about killing Kim Jong-Un. But now hackers everywhere know that Sony Pictures, for one, sucks at cyber security. Who will be the hackers' next victim? [Fusion]