In a twist of events in the recent hacking incident on Sony Entertainment Network, the media reports have revealed that the Sony employees were forced to use older technologies to keep things running as their computers were exposed to hacker on Thanksgiving.
The revelation has been supported by both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
The Sony employees relayed the details about the cyber attack from one person to another through phone. Moreover, they had to haul in old machines in order to issue physical checks in lieu of transferring the employee salaries through bank deposit.
This was not the end as the Sony executives had to get back to the old BlackBerry company phones in order to send and receive emails via their own servers.
Analysts said that these reports not only shed light on what exactly happened behind the scenes at the Sony, but also offer a glimpse of how the investigation into the entire episode was handled.
According to the reports, the company immediately contacted the federal probing authorities after it found the data compromised to unidentified groups. But the Sony employees were found initially considering it was nothing more than an inconvenience and they could patch up within a few weeks.
Michael Lynton, Sony Entertainment Chief Executive, reportedly said that it took 24 to 36 hours for them to sink in the situation and “fully understand this was not something they were going to be able to recover from in the next week or two.”
Meanwhile, the federal probing team as well as a cyber-security team from FireEye Inc. started their probe into the cyber crime after setting up their own headquarters nearby.