Hackers Hit ART Payroll; SAG-AFTRA Members Warned

Another hack attack has hit Hollywood. In the wake of the cyber break-in ratting Sony, American Residuals & Talent, which processes residuals checks for SAG-AFTRA members, has notified the SAGAFTRALogoVerticalunion of a security breach that could affect thousands of actors. “The breach may have affected the data of actors who received residuals payments through ART Payroll,” SAG-AFTRA said in a statement. The company also services Actors’ Equity contracts and provides crew payroll services.

ART President Emily Erskine said that the information “potentially accessed by the intruders” includes clients’ names, Social Security numbers, addresses, bank account information, date of birth and email addresses.

“On October 18, we detected an unauthorized login onto our web application,” she wrote in a letter to the payroll company’s clients. “We worked immediately to contain the unauthorized access and prevent it from happening again. The unauthorized intruders had access to the database for less than two hours. We launched an investigation and retained outside forensic experts to confirm whether employee information may have been accessed. On November 10, our experts determined that your information may have been accessed by the intruders. While our investigation is ongoing, it is possible that none of your information was accessed or taken. We are unaware of any actual or attempted misuse of your information, but we are providing notice of this incident to you out of an abundance of caution.”

Those notified are being offered one year of credit monitoring with Experian ProtectMyID.

Earlier today, the group claiming to be behind the Sony hack released what they say is salary info of 31,000-plus employees of the New York-based auditing company Deloitte. The 2005 spreadsheet, which came from a Sony HR staffer who previously worked at Deloitte, also includes employees’ titles and race and gender info but not their names.


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