Sony Corp (ADR) (SNE) Concealed Its February Hack Attack

Each day the investigations undergoing in relation to recent hack attacks on Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) meet new shocking findings. One such finding suggests that the company has been a victim of hack attack in February, nine months before its November attack. The information came to light through the emails published by Gawker, which points out the reality that some of the studio’s documents were compromised back in February.

February Attack Kept Under Lid

The details of the email exchanges made between Sony’s executives in February are obtained by Gawker, highlighting the security gaps in the company. VP of legal compliance, Courtney Schaberg, had exchanged an email on February 12 with chief counsel Leah Weil about the hack of SPE server. But, the company decided to manage the matter within itself and prevented it from being published in the media.

Further, it is understood that the February hacking attack targeted Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s SpiritWORLD. It is a system developed to distribute Sony Pictures related financial and media information across the world. There has not been any clear indication to link the two separate hacking incidents. Gawker did reveal that the February breach was made from Brazil, and a large number of compromised documents belonged to Brazilian markets.

No Link Between Two Attacks

It is believed that the two separate attacks are not linked but are mere coincident, given the fact of large security lapse at Sony Pictures. Moreover, the February incident fails to relate to North Korea, which raised its objection on the “The Interview” movie only in June.

It is to be noted that Sony’s documents were leaked two weeks ago, and it is believed that North Korea is involved in the attack.

Though investigations are still undergoing but it is a fact that despite being aware of the February attack, Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) chose to keep it concealed from the outside world.