The reverberations will carry far beyond Hollywood, online security experts warned, saying that the episode could set a disturbing precedent. “This is now a case study that is signaling to attackers that you can get all that you want and even more,” said Pete Singer, a cybersecurity strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Hindsight is always 20/20, but I can’t help but think that Sony’s enterprise risk program missed the obvious elephant in the room. Did no one think that making a movie depicting the death of a rogue state’s leader, known for its hacking and disregard of international norms, might try to hack the company that made the movie and that is based in one of the countries that it has a very confrontational relationship with? If the company thought the risks through and took mitigating action, perhaps they would not be in the position it is in. Then again, who wants to waste money on security.