The CEO of Sony Pictures has been saying that the cyberattack against his company is “the worst cyberattack in U.S. history.” And you can see where he’s coming from. An entire feature film got canned — at least for now. And his corporate networks were so damaged, Sony workers had to revert to using fax machines to communicate. That said, “the worst” is a big claim.
A lot of people feel for Sony Pictures and CEO Michael Lynton in particular. No one wants their inbox flung all over the Internet for the world to see. Many say the Sony hack is by far the most embarrassing hack. But the worst?
“Clearly this is the first time a movie has been prevented from being released,” says Ron Gula of Tenable Network Security. “In raw numbers, the Slammer virus infected 75,000 computers almost instantly. Code Red infected almost half a million computers. And Conficker infected millions of computers.”