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Sony pulled out its ancient BlackBerry phones to get work done during hack

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Sony made it through a massive hack this December and ended 2014 on a high note, as The Interview earned the company $15 million in online sales over the holiday weekend. Now that the company is in the clear, new details about how Sony coped during the assault on its servers and email system have emerged. It turns out that Sony dusted off its old BlackBerry phones to handle internal email and communications securely, the Wall Street Journal revealed.

Prior to digging the BlackBerry phones out of storage boxes, Sony used notepads, Gmail, and other unsecured phones to communicate. The BlackBerry phones proved to be one of the few secure channels Sony could use at the time because BlackBerrys operate on their own secure server. Each user’s data is encrypted and secured on their BlackBerry device. Meanwhile, BlackBerry’s own servers work to secure the data for its clients.

BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen was quick to tout the security of his company’s systems, though he declined to say whether Sony could have avoided the hack had it remained a BlackBerry client.

“It’s proven that BlackBerry devices and the server are a lot more secure than any other solutions out there commercially available,” Chen told CNBC in mid-December.

BlackBerry’s security remains its biggest selling point, as the company’s global smartphone market share dropped to less than 1 percent in recent years. Most recently, BlackBerry has worked to expand its enterprise business, while cooking up classic QWERTY keyboard phones for the BlackBerry faithful.

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