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Sony execs confirm leak of salary documents in memo

MUMBAI: With many confidential documents of the company suddenly being found in the public domain, Sony Pictures Entertainment chiefs Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal have told studio staff in a memo that they are “deeply saddened” that confidential data may be exposed.

In the memo, the executives called the attack “brazen” and warned employees that they should expect their personal information might 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. While we would hope that common decency might prevent disclosure, we of course cannot assume that,” they said.

However, they added that the company was working closely with the law enforcement to stop these “malicious criminal acts.”

Since the studio was hacked last week by a group calling itself ‘Guardians of Peace’, the salaries of top executives, personal data, social security numbers of 3803 employees and other internal documents have been disclosed online.

Additionally, five studio films including ‘Annie’ and ‘Still Alice’ were also released online and pirated.

The memo further read, “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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