The hacking attack that crippled Sony Pictures Entertainment compromised personal information of more than 47,000 currently and former employees of the studio.
A new report from the Wall Street Journal indicates that employees who stopped working at Sony as far back as 2000 are still among those whose personal information — including salaries and home addresses — were stolen in the attack.
More famous victims of the hacking have also emerged, with WSJ citing Sylvester Stallone, director Judd Apatow and Rebel Wilson among the people whose personal information was stolen by hackers and then disseminated over the Internet to various journalists. The documents are also allegedly being shared over BitTorrent channels.
After playing coy in the face of rumors that North Korea is behind the hacking as retaliation for Sony’s upcoming comedy “The Interview” — which revolves around an assassination attempt on Kim Jung-Un — the country reportedly denied involvement, calling the accusations “another fabrication targeting the country.”
However, more evidence seems to suggest the country might have some involvement. WSJ cites findings from Sony, the FBI and private security firms which have turned up evidence linking the hacking to a Korea-based culprit. The malware was allegedly created on a machine with Korean language settings, was created during Korea-based hours and shares similarities to previous attacks attributed to North Korea.
Sony previously discredited a report that it had decided name North Korea as the source of the attack.
“The investigation continues into this very sophisticated cyberattack. The re/code story is not accurate,” a Sony Pictures Entertainment representative told The Associated Press.
The stars salaries for the film have been released, on top of 3,000 employees’ names, birthdates and social security numbers, as well as the salaries for a number of high-ranking executives, including CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal. Before that, the attack paralyzed the studio’s email, phone system and computers.
“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,” Lynton and Pascal said in a company-wide memo sent to staff earlier this week. “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.”