What Is It Like For Sony Pictures Employees After Their Systems Are Hacked
These are bad times for Sony Pictures Entertainment. First, their systems got hacked and a wealth of data stored on the servers has been leaked. It includes employees’ sensitive information, their salary and medical records, and Sony Pictures’ movie databases as well.
Then the hackers threatened some of the employees and demanded to cancel the December 25th release of “The Interview.” The pressure on Sony Pictures got so high that they recently cancelled the release.
And if that was not already so bad for Sony, their former employees have filed a lawsuit against the company for deliberately neglecting the fact that their systems were vulnerable, which resulted in the hack attack and leakage of credit card information and other details of the studio’s employees.
Now that systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment have been hacked, how are they operating?
TechCrunch got the opportunity to talk to an employee who requested to keep her identity anonymous. She said that the employees are now working in 1992-like environment when Internet was not around.
She said that it is very difficult to not depend on the technology in carrying out daily routines.
“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 told TechCrunch. “It was crazy.”
The company has also taken measures to protect identity of employees. All of the employees have been given a year of identity theft protection. Many have purchased identity theft prevention system LifeLock on their own. Everyone has changed their passwords on everything.
It is kind of a panic situation inside the company.
But there is also a brighter side to it. As employees are not able to send instant messages or emails to co-workers, they are compelled to talk to their partners which has brought the employees together. They are getting to know each other and are working together in this time of crisis for the company.
The upper management has introduced a new concept of face-to-face communication, which is a weird concept for 21st century business.
“They said that this is really a time to band together and stop staring at your phone and start talking to each other. Everyone has been able to bond in some way and get together. More people are interacting and getting to know different people in different departments,” she said.
Although these are hard times for the company, employees have not given up hope. They are determined to bring things back to normal and they are succeeding in this mission. The source said that voicemail just got back and everyone is a little calmer now.
Something for Apple fans: The source said that some of the employees got their computers removed but people using Macs were fine (apparently because Macs were not hacked).