Sony Execs Confirm Authenticity of Leaked Documents in Staff Memo

Sony Execs Confirm Authenticity of Leaked

Reeling from a massive hack attack,  Sony Pictures Entertainment chiefs Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal have told studio staff that they are “deeply saddened” that confidential data may be exposed.

In an email to staff sent Tuesday evening, the execs called the attack “brazen” and warned employees that they should expect their personal information may be in possession of the still-unidentified  hackers.

“While we are not yet sure of the full scope of information that the attackers have or might release, we unfortunately have to ask you to assume that information about you in the possession of the company might be in their possession,” the duo said. “While we would hope that common decency might prevent disclosure, we of course cannot assume that.”

Since the studio was hacked last week by a group calling itself “Guardians of Peace,” the salaries of top executives, the personal data and Social Security Numbers of 3,803 employees, and other sensitive internal documents have been disclosed online.

Additionally, five studio films including “Annie” and “Still Alice” have also been released online and widely pirated.

Deadline first reported the company email.

Read the memo in full:

It is now apparent that a large amount of confidential Sony Pictures Entertainment data has been stolen by the cyber attackers, including personnel information and business documents.  This is the result of a brazen attack on our company, our employees and our business partners.  This theft of Sony materials and the release of employee and other information are malicious criminal acts, and we are working closely with law enforcement.

The privacy and security of our employees are of real concern to us, and we are deeply saddened at this concerted effort to do damage to our company, undermine our morale, and discourage us.  We are enormously proud of the resilience you have all shown in the face of this attack.  The company is as busy as ever, and our business continues to move forward, thanks to your great efforts.

While we are not yet sure of the full scope of information that the attackers have or might release, we unfortunately have to ask you to assume that information about you in the possession of the company might be in their possession.  While we would hope that common decency might prevent disclosure, we of course cannot assume that.

Yesterday, we told you that we are offering all employees identity protection services with a third-party service provider, AllClear ID, and that you would receive an email tomorrow outlining steps to sign up.  If you sign up, the AllClear ID investigators would be available to answer your questions about how to handle disclosures of your confidential information.

We can’t overemphasize our appreciation to all of you for your extraordinary hard work, commitment and resolve.

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  1. Oscar mclaurin says:

    We reap what we sow, and because you have money you allow it to poison hearts. How you treat, you will be treated…

  2. Kistler says:

    No doubt there’d be less schadenfreude if SPE and SPI had treated the rest of the community better over the years. A lot of nastiness and vindictiveness birds coming home to roost. As for who did it, or paid for it to be done, one might start with a list of those whom Sony is currently treating with contempt.

  3. harry georgatos says:

    When it comes to the type of movies that get made at Sony it’s a typical situation of the lunatics have taken over the asylum. How Annie got a reboot only confirms all the wrong people have the right jobs!!!

  4. lametta says:

    I,Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, ordered this cyber attack.

    I wanted to get a copy of your awesome new Seth Rogen movie.

    But it wasn’t on your harddrives, only your shitty art movies !!!

    You send me ASAP “The Interview” to Pyongyang

    and I will not leak your personal data.


    • John Shea says:

      Oh Glorious Leader! I for one welcome your wise intervention and demand that Sony send you both ‘The Interview’ and Seth Rogan in person! And may I take this opportunity to remind you of our deal? I get to be Overlord of America when you take over. Thanks!

  5. Esquire of Rohan says:

    Sucks to be victimized doesn’t it Sony? LOL.

    • Jenna says:

      You sound like a real piece of work! What about the small people who may have had their personal information publicized who do nothing more than come in and do their jobs? I was one of those people years ago before I decided to be a stay-at-home mom, but it is possible MY information was stolen and I no longer work there.

      Some people just should not exist.

  6. Yet another reason to buy a ticket and see “Annie” et al in a theater. There is no substitute for the theater experience.

    • Dim Kotcom says:

      Yeah totally! It sure sucks to not be able to hear a movie because the theater’s sound sucks, or see the movie because everyone is using their cellphone. No thanks! I’ll stay at home, download your stupid movie for free, and watch it on my 62″ tv while I smoke a joint.

    • Bill says:

      You couldn’t PAY me to watch the new Annie.

      There will always be one: Andrea McArdle.

      • cadavra says:

        It’s not Will Smith’s kid–it’s the little girl from “Beasts of the Southern Wild” whose name I don’t wish to mangle.

      • Glenn C. says:

        You and I and all my friends are thinking the same thing. They never should have reboot Annie. Just because its Will Smith’s kid!!!! So what!

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