The importance of deleting old stuff—another lesson from the Sony attack

Thousands of articles have called the December attack against Sony Pictures a wake-up call to industry. Regardless of whether the attacker was the North Korean government, a disgruntled former employee, or a group of random hackers, the attack showed how vulnerable a large organization can be and how devastating the publication of its private correspondence, proprietary data, and intellectual property can be.

But while companies are supposed to learn that they need to improve their security against attack, there's another equally important but much less discussed lesson here: companies should have an aggressive deletion policy.

One of the social trends of the computerization of our business and social communications tools is the loss of the ephemeral. Things we used to say in person or on the phone we now say in e-mail, by text message, or on social networking platforms. Memos we used to read and then throw away now remain in our digital archives. Big data initiatives mean that we're saving everything we can about our customers on the remote chance that it might be useful later.

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Sony Pictures’ The Interview will get a Christmas release after all [Updated]

After being hacked, threatened, chastised, and then apparently forgiven, beleaguered Sony Pictures is expected to announce that it will in fact go ahead with a theatrical and video-on-demand release its hot-button film The Interview on Christmas Day, according to numerous sources (including the Twitter accounts of various theater chains).

The stoner comedy, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogan as reporters who are tasked with killing North Korean "dear leader" Kim Jong-un in a weed-fueled assassination plot, was originally shelved by Sony Pictures after the "Guardians of Peace" group claiming responsibility for Sony Pictures’ hack made terrorist-style threats against theaters that dared to show the movie. However, The Wrap now claims that Sony Pictures has fully recanted and will make an announcement today about a Christmas Day theatrical release for The Interview, as well as distribution on an unspecified video-on-demand service.

It’s unknown if Sony Pictures’ decision has anything to do with the statement issued last Friday by Guardians of Peace consenting to the movie’s release—on the condition that the scene in which Kim Jong-un is actually killed be excised (or at least toned down so that it isn’t "too happy;" the exact intent of the language is unclear).

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Sony Digital Certs Being Used To Sign Malware

So at the end of November, Sony got owned, owned REAL bad – we wrote about it here: Sony Pictures Hacked – Employee Details & Movies Leaked. It seems in as a part of the massive haul of documents, the digital certificates used to sign software were also stolen. Which is bad, as you can [...] The post Sony Digital Certs Being Used To...

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Sony Pictures Hacked – Employee Details & Movies Leaked

Sony hasn’t always had the best of times when it comes to being hacked, back in 2011 Sony basically had to rebuild the PlayStation Network (PSN) because of a hack which rendered the service off-line for almost a whole week. Plus the fact the PSN hack could have leaked up to 10 million user accounts [...] The post Sony Pictures Hacked...

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