t’s been different for everyone,” she said. She was upbeat, optimistic, even after finding out her bank account information had been traded on a black market website. She was worried her identity had also leaked. She imagined her private information on some forum somewhere and shuddered. She had a right to be concerned.
She works for Sony Pictures. She said she’s now working in an office on lock-down, a throw-back to an earlier time when the Internet wasn’t around.
“We are stuck in 1992 over here,” she said.
She requested anonymity but agreed to talk a bit about her day-to-day experience as a Sony Pictures Employee post-hack. She said things were getting back to normal and were, in some ways, more pleasant.
But the thing that bothers her most is the need to depend on old technology to do new work, now.
“We had barely working email and no voicemail so people talked to each other. Some people had to send faxes. They were dragging old printers out of storage to cut checks,” she said. “It was crazy.”
That is what a major corporate security breach sounds like: the squeal of a fax machine and the low murmur of co-workers now required to talk to each other instead of depending on email or instant messages.
Since the Sony Pictures hackers started releasing chunks of private email on November 24, the venerable entertainment company has been in a panic. SPE was formed in a merger between the Sony Corporation and Columbia Pictures that turned heads in 1989 during Japan’s economic boom. It is now an $8 billion business that owns both movie studios and television stations. Favorites from Marvel jostle for attention from Columbia stars and all of these are overseen by a Japanese business culture that is reluctant to “fan the flames with public action,” according to the New York Times. The company has posted protection information for current and former employees on its website.