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Sony Pictures settles with ex-employees in data-theft lawsuit

Plaintiffs argued exposure to identity theft following ‘failed protections’ in ‘Interview’ hack

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has agreed terms for a settlement in a lawsuit brought by nine former employees who argue Sony should have protected their data from theft when the movie studio was hacked last year, Reuters reported.

Sony Pictures' network was crippled for several weeks after a cyber-attack that closely followed the US-based subsidiary's decision to release The Interview, a movie depicting an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The lawsuit is reportedly based on an argument from the plaintiffs that Sony's negligence in adequately protecting its network had directly led to the complainants being exposed to the risk of identity theft.

In June, a judge had dismissed an application from Sony to have the suit dropped. Sony had no comment to make on the settlement.