FBI to Brief Sony Employees on Cybersecurity
Culver City employees will meet with the FBI on Wednesday
Sony employees will be briefed by the FBI about the recent cyberattack on the studio, Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton told staff in a memo obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Lynton said the FBI would be on hand Wednesday to brief Culver City employees. He revealed that the FBI had created an email dedicated to the case, to which employees could send information. Lynton also announced there would be an all-hands meeting Friday to discuss the issue.
"As part of our commitment to helping private industry protect against the threat posed by malicious cyber criminals, the FBI routinely provides briefings on cyber security awareness," the FBI said in a statement. "Strong public-private partnerships are key to guarding against threats in cyberspace."
Sony was hit with a cyber attack Nov. 24, which resulted in a large amount of sensitive data being released, including the social security numbers and personal information of 47,000 current and past employees, salaries of top brass and financial figures on a number of the studio's films. A hacker group called Guardians of Peace has claimed responsibility for the attack, and has called for the upcoming James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy The Interview to be pulled. North Korea has been critical of the film, which centers on a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong-un, but has denied involvement in the attack.
Read the memo below.
Over the weekend, you should have received my note sharing cyber security expert Kevin Mandia's thoughts on this unprecedented and highly sophisticated attack on us. I know it is unsettling that we have been the target of such an attack, but I want to assure you all that we have the recognized experts working on this matter and looking out for our security.
As you know, the FBI is the lead government agency investigating the cyber-attack on SPE. They have dedicated their senior staff to this global investigation.
This morning, our senior leadership team met with the lead investigators, who will keep Sony management informed. In the next day or so, your leadership teams will be arranging in-person meetings where they will share the latest developments. Please use this opportunity to bring up any questions or concerns you have.
Additionally, the FBI will be on-hand on Wednesday, December 10, in Culver City for employee cybersecurity awareness briefings. Details on these sessions will be forthcoming.
Furthermore, should you have any relevant information related to the investigation, or if you think you may be the victim of an additional personal cybercrime that is related to this attack, the FBI has established a dedicated email that you can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, on Friday, we will have an "All Hands" meeting on the Lot in order to brief everyone. For those of you not in Culver City, we will make a video of the meeting available to all employees. Details for the "All Hands" meeting will be forthcoming.
Thank you again for all of your hard work and resourcefulness at this difficult time.
Dec. 8, 7:40 p.m. Updated with FBI statement.