Software Behind Sony Hack Available For $30,000 Online
Latest on the Sony hack attack that could be the first of many others: the software used for the hack can now be purchased. Former hackers have claimed that the way Sony Entertainment became a spectacle for everyone for over a month, many other top companies are vulnerable to such hacks by over thousands of hackers online.
Jon Miller, VP of an anti-virus company Cylance, claims that there are many people online who are capable of carrying out a similar attack of the magnitude and damage.
“There are probably a couple thousand, three, four, five-thousand people that could do [the Sony] attack today,” Miller told “60 Minutes.”
He said that one of the reasons the companies are so susceptible to the attack is that the program is not even custom-made, it can simply be purchased for $30,000 from Russian hackers online.
Miller isn’t optimistic about the state of the internet, feeling that hackers are operating in a way that means police and governments simply can’t catch them. “It truly, truly is the Wild West right now,” he said. “What we’re seeing are people getting pulled out onto the street and shot and it’s like ‘Where’s the Sheriff?’ There’s no sheriff.”
Sony’s hack was one of the biggest security breaches seen to date, which went on to become a state-level confrontation when FBI’s confirmation about North Korean involvement became public.
Though the real hackers were never found out, links and trails were followed to conclude that the North Korean government was behind the attack as it specially threatened violence if Sony’s satirical “The Interview” was released in theaters. The Interview featured a comedy regarding some journalists becoming involved in North Korean leader’s assassination.