Another week passes and the breadth of the Sony hack is further revealed. This week, disparaging emails about actor Angelina Jolie and racist remarks via emails from top executives surfaced. Beyond the embarrassment and the scrambling for public apologies, Sony also has to deal with the consequences from the exposure of its payroll records. Unfortunately, this is only a sliver of the amount of information that was stolen by the group known as Guardians of Peace. The group reportedly stole 100 terabytes of sensitive information and has since issued demands to Sony; these demands are not yet publicly disclosed. Imagine. That. This means that every week, the group can keep exposing sensitive information and Sony will have a public relations disaster and potential financial fallouts for months to come.
The lesson for you and me? As I have said here in the past, the security of any service you use is only as strong as the precautions that you, as a user take. Create strong passwords, change them frequently, use two-factor authentication whenever possible, use different passwords for different sites and so on. Most of us know this. The question is, do we really stick to it.
Here are this week’s most relevant news in tech and retail:
- File sharing service Pirate Bay was taken down after a raid by police in Sweden
- Alibaba-backed social media app, Momo Inc. shares surge in NASDAQ IPO
- Adobe Systems reports better-than-expecting earnings of 14 cents a share on revenues of $1.073B; signs a deal to buy stock photo service Fotolia for ~$800M in cash
- Uber news: SF and LA files civil suit against company for making “false or misleading statements”; China’s search giant Baidu to invest $600M in Uber
- Google replaces Twitter as best tech employer in the US; removes Amazon’s app from the Play Store
- US retailers report jump in November sales, core November sales up 4.4% from year earlier
- Lululemon Athletica shares surge Thursday after delivering mixed Q3 results and lowers full-year sales for 2014 but increases per-share profit for 2014
- Canada’s Hudson’s Bay Co double retail sales for the third quarter, fueled by sales from recently acquired Saks Inc.
- Teen clothing retailer Delia’s files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection; Wet Seal could be next
- One of India’s e-commerce sites, Snapdeal acquires recommendation platform, Wishpicker, for an undisclosed amount