Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.: A Cybersecurity Attack from North Korea (A), (B)

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.: A Cybersecurity Attack from North Korea (A), (B)

Alexander, M.; Chase, A.; Chase, K.; O’Rourke, J. S. (editor) Notre Dame
January 26, 2018
SKU: BUS-286

Region of the world: North America, Asia – Pacific
Topic: Strategy & General Management
Keywords: Crisis Management, Intercultural, International, Technology
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On November 24, 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Inc., was the victim of an unprecedented cybersecurity attack launched by North Korean hackers. The attack was a result of the nearing premiere of Sony’s film The Interview, a comedy based on the fictional attempted assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The group responsible has now threatened an attack on theaters choosing to show the film. Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton must decide whether or not to stop the movie’s release, while also protecting Sony’s public image, maintaining distributor relations, minimizing revenue loss, and safeguarding employees’ data from further risk. (A) 13 pp. (B) 2 pp. © 2 pp. Case #15-05 (2015)

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