In one of the most costly and damaging cyber hacks in history, Sony Pictures is reeling. Scores of personal and sensitive information, from the salaries of top executives and even Princess Beatrice, who started working for Sony in January (she only makes $30k) were released. CNN Money outlines some of the worst aspects of the leak:
Embarrassing memos. The hack has also produced some embarrassing internal communications, including memos that show Sony employees are fed up with the boring, unimaginative movies Sony keeps putting out. Among the criticisms: Sony has failed to deliver on its Spiderman franchise. As one employee put it: “We continue to be saddled with the mundane, formulaic Adam Sandler films.”
Unequal salaries. The world now knows what Sony employees make. The news organization Fusion spotted a major pay gap that runs on gender and race lines. There are 17 people at Sony Pictures who make more than $1 million a year. Only one is black. Only one is a woman.
Personal information. And to top it all off, hackers have exposed enough personal data that 3,800 employees must now be on guard for identity theft.
The culprit for the hack? The signs are pointing right at North Korea, who called the cyber hack “righteous.” A new film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen takes on the hermit kingdom and its dictator with humor, but dictator Kim Jong Un isn’t laughing. The Kim family are famous for their love of Hollywood, and their dislike for being mocked, and while the reclusive nation isn’t exactly known for its technological acumen, it has apparently pulled off this impressive and destructive hack as a message not only to Sony, but any future company who might think to tango with the regime.
To their credit, Franco and Rogen aren’t taking the hack to heart and spent a few minutes last week joking about the incident while co-hosting Saturday Night Live. The Obama White House have not made any comment regarding the hack, though the FBI are investigating.
If the North Korean government is found responsible, should the Obama Administration take action?