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CBS, Paramount parent National Amusements discloses data breach

The front of the Paramount Pictures studios in Los Angeles, California. (Stock image by Hannah Wernecke via Unsplash)
The front of the Paramount Pictures studios in Los Angeles, California. (Stock image by Hannah Wernecke via Unsplash)

The parent company of Paramount Global has disclosed a cybersecurity incident involving the theft of certain personal information dating back to late last year.

The disclosure was made in a notice filed with the Maine state attorney general’s office this month, in which National Amusements said the personal information of more than 82,000 individuals was compromised by hackers in December 2022.

While the hack took place last year, National Amusements apparently failed to realize the compromise until this past August, according to the notice.

“When we became aware of the incident, we engaged a leading forensic cybersecurity firm to investigate and contain it,” a spokesperson for National Amusements told The Desk by e-mail on Tuesday.

Financial information was among the personal information compromised during the attack, including credit card numbers, security codes, passwords, bank account information and other data.

The compromise is believed to have impacted National Amusement employees and the theft of their personal information, based on the type of notice that was filed in Maine and the fact that it was filed by a human resources executive with the company. In addition to Paramount Global, which operates CBS, Paramount Pictures and various cable networks, National Amusements owns around 1,200 movie theaters as well as a handful of amusement parks.

“As we clearly disclosed, based on our investigation, there is no indication of any identity theft or fraud as a result of this event,” a spokesperson for the company affirmed. “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.”

National Amusements says it has offered complementary credit monitoring to affected individuals.

A copy of the notice filed in Maine is available to download here.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).