Sony Cyber-Attack: Employee Information, Internal Documents Leak (Report)

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Sony Pictures Entertainment’s headaches continued Tuesday as personal information of its 3,803 employees leaked online as part of the massive security breach that has plagued the company for over a week.

The latest breach allegedly resulted in the exposure of employees’ social security numbers, birth dates and other information and also includes a list of all of the people who were fired or laid off as part of companywide cuts that began in 2013, reports Fusion. Other internal documents reportedly leaked online include employee performance reviews and comparisons of Sony salaries to those at the company’s competitors.

The massive data dump comes after a spreadsheet purportedly listing salaries of top studio executives found its way online on Monday. Over the weekend five of the studios films, including pictures that have yet to be released yet such as “Annie” and “Still Alice,” turned up on the Internet, where they have been widely pirated. Their leak is believed to be related to the hacking.

A spokeswoman for the studio did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The security breach dates back to Nov. 24, when Sony Pictures employees logging on to the company’s network were greeted with an image of a skeleton and a message that said, “Hacked by #GOP.” The group taking credit for the hack calls itself “Guardians of Peace.”

Sony has been working with law enforcement officials, including the FBI, to investigate the cause of the data breach and has hired security firm FireEye and its Mandiant unit to look into the incident.

Among other scenarios, the studio is looking into the possibility that hackers with ties to North Korea were responsibly, presumably in retaliation for the studio’s scheduled Dec. 25 release of “The Interview,” a geopolitical spoof starring James Franco and Seth Rogen in which the duo are approached by the CIA about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

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  1. Alan Turing says:

    This whole “internet” fad is a house of cards…

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