The chances of another company suffering the devastating effects of a Sony-style cyber attack are not remote, according to security researchers.
Jon Miller, a former hacker who now serves as vice president of strategy at Cylance, said that given the current security levels for most companies, 90 per cent of them would be vulnerable to such an attack. “There are probably a couple thousand, three, four, five-thousand people that could do [the Sony] attack today,” Miller told CBS’ 60 Minutes. “Not all of them are in friendly countries and the number is growing rapidly.”
The Sony hack is just one of many recent security breaches that have exposed huge caches of sensitive data belonging to individuals, corporations and Governments – data that could enable further criminal activity or assist in government espionage. The tools to conduct such an attack are readily available from Russian hackers for about $30,000, Miller says.