BlackBerry to the rescue: Sony saved by cache of BlackBerry devices following hack

BlackBerry to the rescue: Sony saved by cache of BlackBerry devices following hack
The cyberattack on Sony Entertainment did more than just result in a weird distribution of a movie, or reveal a lot of executive-level emails which could pass for elementary school bickering, or disable the company’s ability to manage payroll.

The hackers erased Sony’s servers and computer hard drives after pilfering the data, leaving nothing working, from email to internal phone systems, directly affecting some 6,000 people.

Undaunted, the Sony team got creative.  The payroll department found an old machine to print paychecks manually. Employees communicated via their personal email accounts and cell phones. Then the IT department found treasure, a stash of old BlackBerrys.

Using the legacy BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) and BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) architecture, Sony was able to get its email up and running, away from the further compromise by the hackers because BIS and BES use stand-alone infrastructure.

If used before the hack, would BES have saved Sony from the hack to begin with? No, due to the pervasive and ruthless nature of the attack, plus the fact that Sony has been compromised so many times in recent years, BlackBerry would not been able to save Sony at the onset, but BlackBerry did help the studio out in the aftermath, and that is a nice feather to put in the cap.

sources: The Wall Street Journal via CrackBerry

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27 Comments

1. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

No reason why hardware and software manufacturers shouldn't act like they're in the same boat, when faced with sh*thole hackers like this...!

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

Smart thinking on the part of Sony. Not only did the payroll team get creative in using the old print machine, but also by using those legacy BlackBerry devices. I guess "old" tech still has its uses in a bind. It also to show you how secure BlackBerry and useful BlackBerry devices are, whether they be BB10 or legacy. Now, if only BlackBerry could parlay this mishap into an ongoing contract between it and Sony, with BES 12 and BB10 devices.....

4. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Ironically they couldn't rely on xperia devices..

7. hawbman

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

If Sony uses BES, at least their email system will be harder to penetrate. There is chances it will hold. I am not sure on what basis that the writer presumably think BES can be easily brought down.

13. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

the problem is not that. it's their COMPUTER that got hacked, not their PHONE. the problem is that damn windows machine that sony used at work.

15. engineer-1701d unregistered

dont get started not a computer on earth can stop hackers if they really want something, and apple would be dropped in a sec no respectable company would use a mac server to house terabytes of data and software ow and the fact that apple doesn't even have that capability what do you think they are using at cupertino windows server

16. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

From various source article I read, it's not the server problem. The attacker TRICK the user to download/run trojan. That's mean, it's the user computer. NOT the server, NOT the phone. I think for those of Sony's employee that don't need windows, they should start using Linux or Chromebook.

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

either way hackers will do damage no matter the system if there is a open port for forwarding they need a hard line cutoff like a gfic outlet

9. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

So are we expecting a bb-experia mashup soon? Sounds interesting.

23. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Can't corporations like that use intranet (internal web not connected to internet) for sensitive data and communication between employees?

26. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Sony should buy some IBM mainframes with MVS, COBOL and OfficeVision.

27. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Until Apple or Google can make their OSes as secure as Blackberry, the business world will still have need for them.

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