As press speculation is getting wild to the point of silliness — the latest is reports that Sony hackers might be threatening action if the studio releases The Interview, but nobody is sure it is really them — Michael Lynton just released this memo to staff on the corporation’s ongoing attempt to dig out of the damage done. He has announced that an “All Hands” meeting will be held on the lot Friday to let the rank and file know what is going on. Here’s the memo:
Over the weekend, you should have received my note sharing cyber
security expert Kevin Mandia’s thoughts on this unprecedented and
highly sophisticated attack on us. I know it is unsettling that we
have been the target of such an attack, but I want to assure you all
that we have the recognized experts working on this matter and looking
out for our security.
As you know, the FBI is the lead government agency investigating the
cyber-attack on SPE. They have dedicated their senior staff to this
This morning, our senior leadership team met with the lead
investigators, who will keep Sony management informed. In the next day
or so, your leadership teams will be arranging in-person meetings
where they will share the latest developments. Please use this
opportunity to bring up any questions or concerns you have.
Additionally, the FBI will be on-hand on Wednesday, December 10, in
Culver City for employee cybersecurity awareness briefings. Details on
these sessions will be forthcoming.
Furthermore, should you have any relevant information related to the
investigation, or if you think you may be the victim of an additional
personal cybercrime that is related to this attack, the FBI has
established a dedicated email that you can contact:
Finally, on Friday, we will have an “All Hands” meeting on the Lot in
order to brief everyone. For those of you not in Culver City, we will
make a video of the meeting available to all employees. Details for
the “All Hands” meeting will be forthcoming.
Thank you again for all of your hard work and resourcefulness at this