After promising a “Christmas gift,” hackers have leaked the social security numbers, credit card details, bank account information, healthcare information and compensation, and other employment-related information of current and former employees. Sony has warned that those affected should be on the lookout for fraudsters who might use their personal information.
Sony said it is in the process of investigating the scope and scale of the cyber attack, and has started to notify employees about identity theft protection services it will provide. The hackers previously threatened to leak more information they stole from Sony, calling it a “Christmas gift”, but said they would withhold personal information if employees ask them to do so.
A day earlier, executives at Sony’s movie studio had sought to reassure employees about the company’s future. The executives also praised their ongoing work.
In two separate meetings, CEO and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal addressed staff at one of the company’s sound stages in Culver City, California. Lynton said that employees should not worry about the studio’s future, and he praised them for working to keep productions going amid the leaks.