Saturday, December 20, 2014

The real Sony hackers? Google. Plus the greatest societal scourge ever! Ever!! - What I am reading 12/20/2014

Ars Technica - Hollywood v. Goliath: Inside the aggressive studio effort to bring Google to heel -
Hood's investigation got revved up after at least a year of intense lobbying by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). E-mails that hackers acquired from Sony Pictures executives and then dumped publicly now show the inner workings of how that lobbying advanced—and just how extensive it was. Attorneys at Sony were on a short list of top Hollywood lawyers frequently updated about the MPAA's "Attorney General Project," along with those at Disney, Warner Brothers, 21st Century Fox, NBC Universal, and Paramount.
The e-mails show a staggering level of access to, and influence over, elected officials.
So here's my theory - Google wants to expose the collusion between the MPAA, the RIAA, and the various Attorney Generals, but no one is listening so they hatch a devious scheme:  Hack Sony using "The Interview" as an excuse.  Plant Evidence to make it seem like the Norks did it an everyone will buy it because we all know North Korea is tun by a bunch of psychotic idiots.  Release the info, sites like Ars Technica will pick it up and run with it and Google gets what they want.  As a bonus they can get back at Hollywood for the horrible reviews "The Intership" got by releasing Annie for public ridicule. 

Endgadget - Google lawsuit forces MPAA-backed attorney general to retreat -
Now that Google is suing, Hood made a statement via the New York Times, calling for a "time out" and saying he will call the company to "negotiate a peaceful resolution of the issues affecting consumers."
So that risky gamble paid off

InfoSec Island - What Network Security Lessons Can We Learn from the Sony Attack? -
Sony's network security defenses, from poor access control to weak passwords, were so lacking in 2007 that an auditor told the company’s executive director of information security, "If you were a bank, you'd be out of business." Then there was the 2011 hack of Sony's Playstation network – an attack that was preceded two weeks earlier by the company laying off two employeeswho were responsible for network security.
In retrospect, it's easy to construct a seven-year trail of breadcrumbs back to Sony being hacked, and to allege that executives should have known they needed to do more to shield the company from attack. But, as it was suggested by the FBI's Joseph Demarest, assistant director of the agency's cyber division, the high sophistication of the attack proved to be just as much a factor as how porous the company's network security may have been.
I'm tempted to continue the joke and say the number one lesson should be don't piss off Google, but that might piss off Google and get me sued.  So the long and short of the article is basically don't be boneheads and follow good network security practices.  

NY Times - A Scourge Is Spreading. M.T.A.’s Cure? Dude, Close Your Legs. -

Taking on manspreading for the first time, the authority is set to unveil public service ads that encourage men to share a little less of themselves in the city’s ever-crowded subways cars.
The targets of the campaign, those men who spread their legs wide, into a sort of V-shaped slouch, effectively occupying two, sometimes even three, seats are not hard to find. Whether they will heed the new ads is another question.
Truly these men are history's greatest monsters and I for one applaud the NY Times decision to devote 33 paragraphs, 5 pictures and a video to this scourge.  If only they would devote as much effort to investigating things like, I don't know - actual news maybe.  

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