UPDATE 2-Ex-Sony employees sue, claim company failed to protect data

Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:36pm EST
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(Adds details from lawsuit, no comment from Sony)

By David Ingram

Dec 16 (Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment has been sued by two self-described former employees who accuse the movie studio of failing to protect Social Security numbers, healthcare records, salaries and other data from computer hackers who attacked it last month.

The proposed class action lawsuit against Sony Corp's studio was filed on Monday in federal court in Los Angeles. It alleges that the company failed to secure its computer network and protect confidential information.

"An epic nightmare, much better suited to a cinematic thriller than to real life, is unfolding in slow motion for Sony's current and former employees," the lawsuit said.

Sony is already reeling from the disclosures in documents released by the hackers, which have exposed internal discussions key to the company's future to public scrutiny.

Reuters has not been able to verify the authenticity of the documents.

Data that the unidentified hackers have leaked online include home addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, Social Security numbers, salaries, healthcare records, performance evaluations and reasons for termination, the plaintiffs said.

The lawsuit seeks class action status on behalf of all former and current employees of Sony in the United States whose personally identifiable information was compromised in the breach.   Continued...