Archive for December, 2014

North Korea Among Suspects in Recent Sony Hack

Written by Tiffiny Hladczuk. Posted in ITS Blog

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The new James Franco and Seth Rogen film “The Interview” is set to hit theaters later this month, but not everyone was happy about it.

Because the movie centers around Franco and Rogen’s characters setting up an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in order to carry out a CIA plot to assassinate him, the government of North Korea spoke out against the film’s release. The government in Pyongyang decried the movie as an “act of war,” and threatened to take military action if the movie was released.

That’s why many thought it was only logical that when Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio behind “The Interview,” revealed that its network security systems were hacked on November 24, North Korea was the culprit.

According to the <i “>New York Times, the still-un-identified hackers leaked five full feature films, including Sony’s upcoming remake of “Annie,” onto illegal Internet file-sharing sites, as well as confidential internal information including executive salaries.

After learning of the attack, Sony Pictures shut down its computers and network security systems and required employees to do their work with pen and paper. The hack was especially crippling to Sony, as leaked documents revealed that 17 Sony executives earned pre-bonus salaries exceeding $1 million, The New York Times reports.

However, North Korea has denied being behind the cyber attack. According to the Washington Post, Pyongyang’s government didn’t take responsibility for the hack, but called it a “righteous deed” that was likely carried out by “supporters and sympathizers” on the country’s behalf.

The Sony hack is still under investigation by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, Reuters reports. Despite the cyber attack, Sony is still going through with the theatrical release of “The Interview” on December 25.

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Integrated Technology Services Inc. Becomes Corporate Sponsor for Community Outreach Program HALOS

Written by Tiffiny Hladczuk. Posted in ITS Blog

 

Integrated Technology Services Inc. Becomes Corporate Sponsor for Community Outreach Program HALOS

Charleston-based information technology and computer repair company continues its work with the surrounding community by sponsoring HALOS, a program that assists abused and neglected children and their guardians

 

On Friday, Nov. 14, Integrated Technology Services Inc. (ITS) announced its corporate sponsorship of HALOS (Helping and Lending Outreach Support), a community outreach program that works with abused, neglected and at-risk children in Charleston County.

Tiffiny Hladczuk, President, says the choice to become a sponsor of HALOS was an obvious one, because she and husband Michael Hladczuk have already been working to help children in the community for a long time.

“Michael and I are foster parents; we volunteer as mentors at Eagle Harbor Ranch, and have served as volunteers in the child care, foster care and adoption arena together for more than 17 years,” Hladczuk says. “ITS is built on giving. We give to our customers, team members and to our community.”

Hladczuk says Integrated Technology Services Inc. will help HALOS in a number of ways as its new corporate sponsor.

“We are monthly financial contributors and will be providing free IT support and maintenance,” she says. “We will also be sponsoring 10 kids for their Christmas campaign and are looking forward to sending several kids to camp through the HALOS summer camp program and partnering with HALOS to support special needs.”

This isn’t the first time Integrated Technology Services Inc. has sponsored an organization to help the surrounding community. The company also sponsors Eagle Harbor, The A21 Campaign, World Vision, Water Missions International and Changed Lives Ministry, according to Hladczuk.

Integrated Technology Services Inc.’s sponsorship of so many programs stems from its fundamental belief that its success should help to strengthen the community.

“We believe organizations like HALOS are so important. We want our success to contribute to their success so that our community can be strengthened,” Hladczuk says.

About Integrated Technology Services Inc.

Integrated Technology Services Inc. is focused on providing exceptional IT services, providing IT networking, computer services, telephony and specializes in IT security and IT project management. The Integrated Technology Services team is experienced, and holds several recognized industry certifications. To learn more, visit itscares.com