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After a Hack like Sony’s, a Lawsuit Is No Surprise

December 16, 2014 Legal Team

Yesterday, two former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees sued the company for failing to protect employee data. The suit was filed in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging the entertainment studio failed to secure both computer networks in place from the hackers.

The joint plaintiffs, who are suing on behalf of a similarly situated class, are asking for punitive damages along with identity theft insurance, assistance for those whose information was leaked, and credit monitoring services.

It is rumored that the hack was retaliation for the upcoming release of “The Interview,” a controversial film that follows a fictitious plot to assassinate North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un. Last month, hackers released a slew of sensitive data including former and current employees’ social security numbers and embarrassing emails exchanged among executives.

The named plaintiffs are Michael Corona and Christina Mathis and the defendant is Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

Source: Reuters