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Following the news that Sony malware discovered and was sat on network for months,  the following comments have been offered by cyber security experts:


Imperva has been in the business of protecting the high-value applications and data assets at the heart of the enterprise since 2002. In the years since, we’ve gained tremendous knowledge about cyber security and the origins and nature of cyber attacks. This knowledge has come from analyzing the data collected by our SecureSphere products in installations around the world, as well as from working closely with over 3,500 customers from across many industries.

In response to the news that the attack upon Sony was made possible by hackers stealing the computer credentials of a system administrator, Kurt Mueffelmann, President and CEO of Cryptzone says:

Researchers have identified over 12 million routers in use worldwide with the vulnerability, called Misfortune Cookie. At least 200 different models of device from various manufacturers and brands are vulnerable, including models by D-Link, Edimax, Huawei, TP-Link, ZTE, and ZyXEL and many others.

If a router is vulnerable, any device connected to the network – PCs, phones, tablets, printers, security cameras, refrigerators, or any other networked device – is at risk of compromise. An attacker exploiting the Misfortune Cookie vulnerability can monitor Internet connections, steal credentials and sensitive data, infect machines with malware, or control devices.

To protect consumers and small businesses against the vulnerability, Check Point recommends adding a firewall to all PCs to strengthen protection from attack, such as ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, which blocks malicious activity on computers. The vulnerability has been assigned the CVE-2014-9222 identifier.

In response to the news that Sony has officially cancelled the December 25 launch of The Interview, security experts from Proofpoint and Bromium have the following comments around the consequences of the attack and what this could mean for cyber attacks of the future:

As his reaction to the ongoing news around the Sony hack and the fact that the company is facing two law suits from staff who claim Sony did not take adequate security measures to protect their datat, Philip Lieberman, CEO and President of Lieberman Software Corporation writes:

The attack on Sony has proven to be significantly damaging for the entertainment company and we are still seeing the aftermath of the attack. In light of this, Gavin Millard, EMEA Technical Director, Tenable Network Security writes: