It began with an encounter at a San Francisco summit less than six months ago. Bob Jeffrey had flown out from New York for the event, a two-day extravaganza hosted by Vanity Fair showcasing members of the “New Establishment”: the rich, powerful influentials of Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and the media world.
One of the first panels of the summit featured an unusual speaker. Under an enormous projection screen that read “It could happen to you,” Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton chatted with John Carlin, the assistant U.S. attorney general for national security. They were talking about the Sony hack that brought the company to a near-standstill, revealed hundreds of thousands of internal emails, and embarrassed celebrities and executives alike.