Recent attacks on Sony by as an yet unidentified hackers has revealed how easily a lax security system can lead to millions of dollars worth of damage.
According to some reports, the recent breach of Sony’s security, which involved the theft of several unreleased movies as well as possible employee personal data, was most likely caused by a targeted phishing email. ‘Spear phishing’ emails are becoming more commonplace as hackers utilize them to infect targeted companies’ machines with malicious software. Combined with identified system vulnerabilities, hackers are able to map the network and gain access to sensitive data. Okay, this might be a simplification of the actual attack.