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In an attempt to put last year's infamous hacking scandal behind them, Sony has agreed to a legal settlement which could cost up to an eye-watering $8 million.

Illustrating the collateral damage of the leaked personal information, an agreement was filed at a Los Angeles Court to compensate thousands of Sony staff.

Although hackers stole an astonishing 47,000 social security numbers, most of the early news reports discussed celebrity gossip linked to internal e-mails amongst executives.

Jolie was called a "minimally talented spoilt brat"
Jolie was called a "minimally talented spoilt brat"

Employees who have been victims of identity theft will be compensated up to $10,000 each, while those who have been victims of credit card fraud will be compensated up to $1,000.

Almost a year on from the hack, Sony CEO Michael Lynton said the deal is:

"An important, positive step forward in putting the cyber-attack firmly behind us."

The hack was carried out in November 2014 by a group who called themselves "Guardians of Peace," in response to the release of the controversial film The Interview. If you need reminding, here's the trailer below:

Sony eventually delayed the release of the film following the group's threat of retribution. In December 2014, they released a chilling message which said:

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)

Much has been made of the information released by the hacking group, in particular the salaries of celebrities.

This sparked a recent debate around gender inequality following Jennifer Lawrence's letter, which was later supported by a range of fellow actors and actresses.

Source: Sky, Wikipedia


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