Hackers release salaries of top Sony executives
Sony Pictures, the entertainment arm of Japanese media conglomerate Sony, suffered a major hack last week where #GOP hackers stole as many as tens of terabytes data. The vicious minds had put this sensitive information on ransom, warning to release it if their demands weren’t met.
The leaked spreadsheet file details salaries of more than 6,000 Sony employees, including the top executives. The publication ran the salaries of the 17 highest-paid executives, according to which Sony Picture Entertainment’s CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal earn $3 million annually. They are followed by Sony Pictures Television President Steve Mosko who gets $2.8 million, and Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad who receives $2.35 million.
Other than financial records, the documents also reveal personal information including residential addresses of employees and more. Earlier this week, screener copies of five of its movies including Brad Pit-starrer Fury, which was released last month, and four other Sony movies – Annie, Mr. Turner, Still Alice, and To Write Love on Her Arms that are yet to hit the big screen leaked on torrent websites. The company is getting security help from the FBI, and FireEye Inc’s Mandiant to combat any further attacks, and restore everything back to normal. While it is still being investigated, according to several reports North Korean regime could be behind all these attacks.
The North Korean government finds Sony’s upcoming comedy title “The Interview” an “act of war”, and has warned “merciless retaliation” against US and other nations if the film is released. The comedy title The Interview plots around two celebrity journalists played by Seth Rogen and James Franco who score a rare interview with Supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Un. They later get enlisted by CIA to kill him.