FBI warned of a Sony-fashion hack in a report final yr

FBI warned of a Sony-style hack in a report last year

The Sony Footage hack and its ensuing fallout might have caught many individuals abruptly, however not the FBI — it apparently suspected for months that one thing like this may occur. The Intercept has obtained a December 2013 company report warning that it was only a matter of time earlier than a US firm confronted a “knowledge-destruction assault” just like the one which hit Sony, the place malware deletes sufficient knowledge to render methods unusable. The alert was meant for “important infrastructure” organizations (like power suppliers) and by no means reached Sony, however the state of affairs was apparently similar to what the corporate would face a yr later. Intercept‘s tipsters even consider that Sony might have prevented numerous the ensuing injury if it had been conscious of the report and heeded its recommendation on defending towards hacks of this nature.

So why did not Sony get the report? FBI spokesman Paul Bresson says it went out to a number of distribution channels to be delivered “as applicable.” In response to the Intercept, that meant organizations whose employees have been a part of InfraGard, the FBI’s public-personal safety partnership — one thing of an issue, since its voluntary membership left Sony Footage and different corporations out of the loop. There isn’t any assure that the FBI might have ensured that Sony noticed the report in time to utilize it, and even that it might have been sufficient to avert catastrophe. Nevertheless, it is clearer than ever that safety tips are solely useful in the event that they attain the suitable individuals.

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