Paramount’s Parent Company Suffers Massive Data Breach





National Amusements, the corporate parent company of Paramount Global, CBS, and Showcase Cinemas, confirmed a security breach compromised the privacy of more than 82,000 people last year.

The news was revealed in a legally required filing with Maine’s attorney general. Hackers stole the personal information of 82,128 people during a security breach from December 13 to 15 of 2022. However, details came out last week when National Amusements sent notices to those affected after an internal investigation.

“When we became aware of the incident, we engaged a leading forensic cybersecurity firm to investigate and contain it,” National Amusements said in a statement to Cord Cutters News. “As we clearly disclosed, based on our investigation, there is no indication of any identity theft or fraud as a result of this event. However, out of an abundance of caution, we have notified potentially affected individuals to encourage preventative measures. We take information security very seriously and continue to undertake enhancements to our processes and procedures.”

The filing states the company discovered the hack in August, eight months after the attacks occurred. At the time, the company didn’t disclose what information was taken while investigating the breach but has since said the malicious actors stole financial records, bank account information, credit card numbers, security codes, access codes, passwords, and PINs. National Amusements said it will work to improve security and prevent “future events of this kind.”

National Amusements will offer 12 months of credit monitoring and identity theft services through Experian. However, the company said it sees “no indication of any identity theft or fraud” arising from this breach. The deadline to enroll is March 15, 2024.

Paramount also disclosed a security breach in August and has since filed with the Massachusetts attorney general. Hackers swiped customers’ personal information, including names, birthdays, social security numbers, driver’s license information, passport numbers, and other personal information.

Update: we updated the title to add that it was the parent company that suffered the security issue.

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