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Sony hack leaked 47,000 social security numbers

The Sony Pictures hack might be worse than we thought as the social security numbers of 47,000 celebrities, freelancers, current and former Sony employees have leaked, alongside home addresses, salaries and other personal information. An analysis of 33,000 leaked documents by data security firm, Identity Finder, revealed the huge data leak, which has affected many who have been affiliated with the company over the years.

Other leaked data includes contracts, termination dates and termination reasons, which were stored on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets without any password protection. Some celebrities affected by the leak include Sylvester Stallone, Rebel Wilson and Director Judd Apatow, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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There were multiple copies of sensitive documents floating around on multiple computers, increasing the risk of it being stolen:

“When you have multiple copies of this data, you are giving hackers multiple opportunities to steal sensitive information when they get through”, Identity Finder CEO, Todd Feinman, said to CNET. “If Sony had reduced its sensitive data footprint by reducing the number of copies of data and reducing the number of employees with access to the data, we would have seen zero or only one file.”

This news follows a week of Sony’s internal network being offline, with the FBI stepping in to investigate. The original code used to attack the system was written in Korean, North Korea is currently denying any involvement but the possibility hasn’t been ruled out just yet.

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KitGuru Says: Sony was already in bad shape with its financial troubles, this high profile attack on its network and the subsequent leaks are going to make things even worse for the company. 

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