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Sony Hack Ended Up Putting the Company Back Into the 90s, Forcing Them to Use Old Tech to Get By

Can somebody get me a Xerox of this carbon receipt?


As we all know, Sony Pictures was hacked something fierce not too long ago. Even up until now, we’re still seeing bits and pieces of Sony’s hacked dirty laundry coming to light. But interestingly enough, according to a report from Fortune, the hack was so bad that it plunged the company into a time vortex back to the 90s, forcing them to use some seriously old tech to get by.

As Fortune writer Peter Elkind explained:

It took just one hour to throw Sony Pictures back into the era of the Betamax. The studio was reduced to using fax machines, communicating through posted messages, and paying its 7,000 employees with paper checks.

Hey, kids! Have a seat right over here. Quiet now while Auntie Jessica learns you a thing or two about the past. Before your newfangled e-mail-a-trons, there were these things called fax machines where you’d send someone a copy of a sheet of paper over the telemophone.

If you didn’t have those, you’d have to actually post a message on something called a message board (no, not like an online forum) for someone to find. And, before your Paypals and Venmos and Googley Wallets, you had to pay someone with checks. On paper! With a box of scraps!

Okay just kidding about the scraps. But there’s something incredibly giggle-inducing about Sony having to dig up some old tech from the basement and watching as snake people millenials flail, unsure of what to do with it.

(via Business Insider)

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Jessica Lachenal is a writer who doesn’t talk about herself a lot, so she isn’t quite sure how biographical info panels should work. But here we go anyway. She's the Weekend Editor for The Mary Sue, a Contributing Writer for The Bold Italic (, and a Staff Writer for Spinning Platters ( She's also been featured in Model View Culture and Frontiers LA magazine, and on Autostraddle. She hopes this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.