Last week's cyber strike against Sony Pictures Entertainment didn't just spoil the biggest movies of the year. In fact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation claimed that hackers could easily go beyond spoiling the ending of James Franco's latest mugging vehicle.
The FBI is so worried, in fact, that it released a five-page notification yesterday to small businesses warning them about the malware that hit Sony and how to respond if the malware is detected.
Per the report, the malware actually wipes an entire hard drive. Not just the files, I'm talking about the under-the-hood files that a hard drive needs to start itself up.
Flash warnings like these might sound scary, but I think they're a great step. I say the same thing week after week, and it's that cyber security is an industry where spreading awareness is half the battle.
The FBI claims that it released the five-page report to respond to a potential wave of similar attacks to the "coordinated cyberattack" that struck Sony.
The most important thing that the FBI's five-page report does, I think, is explain how the virus works before explaining how to stay safe.
Watch out: The FBI wants access to your phone. Why?
"The overwriting of the data files will make it extremely difficult," the report claims, "And costly, if not impossible, to recover the data using standard forensic methods."
So what's going on behind the scenes here? The FBI is actually trying to teach at-risk companies the value of ramping up their security policies. They're telling businesses that hackers can remotely wipe a hard drive and that tracking them will be almost impossible.
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