Mark Graff former CISO for NASDAQ Speaks About HBO Hacks
August 2017 by Mark Graff former CISO for NASDAQ
Mark Graff, former CISO for NASDAQ current CEO Tellagraff and board advisor to BlackRidge Technology International Inc. Comments on HBO Hacks
The hack against HBO that was announced on August 17th is the third in as many weeks. Of the three, this one may be the simplest technically: it seem to entail a few stolen passwords. Now this one is unlikely to have as big an impact financially as the leak earlier this month of future episodes of hit series like Game of Thrones. But it sure makes me wonder why a huge entertainment target like HBO can’t seem to tie down its systems. No company can withstand a sustained attack from a nation state, like the one from North Korea against Sony. But if we are talking about fairly simple attacks, like the theft of Facebook passwords through social engineering or similar methods, one has to question HBO’s commitment to security and the quality of their security training. Get it together, folks; this ain’t gonna stop anytime soon."