Sony revives BlackBerry’s for security due to hack

When it comes to security, there is absolutely nothing like a BlackBerry.  The recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures was so bad, that employees resorted to the one method that they knew would be secure,  the BlackBerry.

A stack of legacy BlackBerry handsets was unearthed, the WSJ reports, and were found to be still operational and with service.

Since BlackBerry’s email system relies on the company’s own servers, access was still available despite Sony’s infrastructure being so critically impaired.

Meanwhile, those without a company phone resorted to their own cellphones, relying on web-based email like Gmail for communications, and set up elaborate messaging trees to make sure important news was escalated and distributed appropriately.

More than just email was disrupted, however. The hackers had been thorough in their raid, pulling everything from unreleased movies through to personnel files and medical records.

This makes it unlikely that the hack would have been prevented had Sony Pictures actively been relying on BlackBerry service in the first place, but it does at least show the extreme value of having BlackBerry smartphones available.

Sony still has work to do restoring its infrastructure, with execs suggesting it could take 5-7 weeks before that happens. It’s unclear whether BlackBerry devices will still be in the pockets of execs once the regular systems are running again.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”users”][/signoff]

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