Sony Spends $15 Million To Fix Cyber Security

In a financial report, Sony announced that it will be investing 1.8 billion yen (or $15 million USD) to investigate the cyberattacks which occurred recently and strengthen its security against future cyberattacks.

Following the development of a film The Interview, Sony suffered a series of hacks throughout the company. As a result, films, software, coding, financial information, and even personal information on both employees records and user accounts for the PlayStation Network were leaked on the Internet.

As a result of the personal information leaked, Sony already has had to take action to remedy the situation. PlayStation users who had information stolen filed a class action lawsuit against Sony. Last month, Sony agreed to a $15 million settlement, giving out games to many users, and cash to some who could document the identity theft.

This additional $15 million expenditure over the cyberattacks is just the latest in a series of financial losses for Sony. In the report, Sony also claimed that it was not hurt financially by the attack. Looking over the data, Sony is stretching the truth a little.

For Sony Pictures, the branch of Sony hit hardest by the attacks, operating income dropped from 24.3 billion yen ($206,563,365 USD) down to only 2.4 billion yen ($20,401,320 USD) in a year over year comparison. Sony claims a few different reasons for this loss, not wanting to credit the cyberattack with causing damage to the company.

All of Sony's divisions are posting a profit in this report, and while the technology giant won't be overall harmed by this drop in income from its Pictures division, it seems clear that the cyberattack is the likely cause. Pirated videos from Sony Pictures are easily viewable on illegal video streaming and file sharing networks. According to, several movies developed by Sony were released online weeks before the scheduled theater releases.

With this new investment to improve its network security, the income of Sony Pictures should return to normal over time.

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Michael Justin Allen Sexton is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware component news, specializing in CPUs and motherboards.
  • dstarr3
    I feel like that's not enough.
  • IInuyasha74
    Yea I kinda got that vibe too, but only cause of the size of the security breach. $15 million goes a long way so a few dozen security professionals with some innovative efforts should be able to do it for that price, and if not at least they have enough money to try again.
  • coolitic
    2 years later...

    "Hacker posts credit card information of all Sony executives..."
  • IInuyasha74
    If in 2 years the security is so bad that a hacker manages to get all of the Sony executives' credit card information, I think the world can take that as a sign that Sony needs new executives, especially whoever is in charge of security.
  • badaxe2
    According to one of the reports the whole Sony Pictures hack was an inside job by a disgruntled employee. Even the best security couldn't fix a problem like that. Such a complicated world we live in. I don't envy any technology company having to constatnly deal with threats from all angles.
  • stevejnb
    Heh... That's pretty much any big technology company Badaxe.
  • hixbot
    15 million is nowhere near enough for a company as big as Sony corp.