National Amusements Reveals Data Breach Affecting 82,000+ Amid Backlash

National Amusements Reveals Data Breach Amid Backlash Affecting 82,000+

The company under criticism is National Amusements, the parent company of media giants such as Paramount and CBS.

Paramount and CBS’s parent company, National Amusements, took months to reveal the data breach that has impacted more than 82,000 people, including customers and potentially employees as well.

National Amusements, the parent company holding a controlling stake in entertainment giants Paramount, CBS, and numerous theatres across the United States, has come under scrutiny for delaying the disclosure of a major data breach that occurred late last year. The breach impacted 82,128 individuals, comprising both customers and potentially National Amusements employees.

The breach, which went unnoticed for months, was finally reported to the Maine Attorney General. According to the company’s statement, an “unauthorized individual” accessed the company network on December 13, 2022. However, National Amusements only became aware of the intrusion two days later.

Regarding the data affected in the breach, it includes information like name or other personal identifiers combined with financial account number or credit/debit card number (along with the security code, access code, password, or PIN for the account).

National Amusements Reveals Data Breach Affecting 82,000+ Amid Backlash
The data breach notification was submitted to the Maine Attorney General.

The company enlisted the services of a third-party firm to investigate the breach, a process that concluded “recently.” Curiously, the data breach was only officially acknowledged on August 23 of this year, possibly aligning with the completion of the external investigation.

Despite attempts from the media to seek clarification from National Amusements, the company has maintained near-radio silence, leaving questions about the delayed disclosure unanswered.

Currently, the company asserts that there have been no reports of stolen data being exploited by third parties or leaked online. Nevertheless, National Amusements has proactively taken measures to mitigate the aftermath, providing those affected with complimentary credit monitoring services through Experian for varying durations.

If you’re an employee of National Amusements or one of its customers, be cautious about phishing emails. Cybercriminals might impersonate the company to discuss the recent data breach, but their real intention could be to gather additional information, including your financial details. Stay vigilant and verify the legitimacy of any communication you receive related to the incident.

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