Saturday, December 6, 2014

Media reports hackers of Sony made personal threats to employees and families -- but would people even read the emails?

A news story by James Rogers at Fox and the AP reports that the hackers of Sony Pictures (likely connected to North Korea with its hyper-communism and "dictatorial paranoia") have made threats by email too Sony employees and their families, link here.  There is some suggestion that this could be an inside job.  But the concept seems to be a “copycat” of recent statements from the FBI and DHS that current and possibly former military personnel should be wary of becoming targets of ISIS through social media. 
Gizmodo printed the text of one of the emails in its story, here. But it’s likely that any email like this coming to a home email account (like on gmail, Yahoo! Or AOL) would get flagged automatically as spam and never be read.  For all I know, I could have gotten emails like this and they could be in my spam folder, unopened.  Email like this could be sent designed to spread malware to home accounts, too.

In fact, on Labor Day weekend before 9/11 in 2001, some people got bizarre emails warning of something and most people thought it was generated as spam or by malware even then.
Saturday night (Dec. 6), host James Franco, a star in “The Interview” (who acts bisexual in public), opened the show by making fun of the Sony hack and of North Korean tactics and paranoia.  He simply makes it look irrational and silly. 
Variety reports the story here. So does Fortune, here.  At some level, this matter is definitely a “laugh not”.  This is indeed a clash of cultures.
Sony advised employees to turn mobile devices off (but were these corporate phones?)   Again, mail comes to my phone but would be dropped out as spam.  But texts would not be dropped.  Neither are actual robocalls (although they could be stopped, too).  

Just remember, North Korea could be as dangerous as Al Qaeda and ISIS.  Clinton thought so in the 1990s.  

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