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Last Update on December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT

IN THE NEWS: COMPANIES BRACE AGAINST POSSIBLE CYBERATTACKS

ATLANTA (AP) -- Remember how after 9/11, there was increased attention given to security at buildings, airports and other complexes. Now that Sony has been brought to its knees by a vast cyberattack, companies around the world are trying to tighten up their security to prevent hackers from getting at their computer systems -- and the stuff on them. So far, the Sony hack has led to embarrassing information from interoffice emails being made public, a lawsuit from employees whose information was mined -- and caused the studio to cancel a movie that could cost it hundreds of millions of dollars. One security firm says the Sony breach should be "a real wake-up call" -- because in this case, the hacking was done with the aim of destroying a company, rather than financial gain.

IN THE NEWS: ANOTHER LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST SONY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two more former employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment are suing the company. This lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles federal court, is seeking class-action status for current and former Sony employees who had personal information swiped from the company's servers. The breach resulted in the release of Social Security numbers, financial, medical and other personal information for about 50,000 Sony workers. It's the third lawsuit filed against Sony this week. A U.S. official has said the cyberattack is linked to North Korea.

 
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