Today is Chinese new years and I guess you can say I got a surprise in the mail and it wasn’t a red envelope. What caught my attention of course is the title on the top left that states “Corona V. Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.” which again kind of confused me even more. Upon opening the item inside was all this detail about an apparent lawsuit that stated the following:
You May Be Eligible for Benefits Under a Class Settlement Related to the Sony Pictures Entertainment Cyberattack
For more information, visit www.CyberattackSettlement.com or call 1-855-907-3142
A federal court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.
A Settlement has been proposed in a lawsuit against Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (“Corona v. SPK’) relating to the cyberattack on SPE in the fall of 2014 (the “SPE Cyberattack”). If you were a current or former corporate or production employee of SPE or one of its subsidiaries as of November 24, 2014, you are a class member. If you were not a current or former corporate or production employee of SPE or one of its subsidiaries as of November 24, 2014, but you are receiving this notice about this Settlement by mail, SPE has identified you as someone whose Personally Identifiable Information was disclosed on the Internet as a result of the SPE Cyberattack, and you are a class member. Class members who reside within and outside the United States may claim benefits under this Settlement.
What benefits does the Settlement provide?
Identity Protection Services for Free
SPE will provide class members with certain identity protection services, free of charge, through AlIClear ID (“AliClear”) and IDT911.
• IDT911: Class members residing in Canada can enroll in IDT911, free of charge, for coverage through December 31, 2017. If you previously enrolled in credit monitoring in connection with the SPE Cyberattack through AlIClear Pro Canada, your coverage will not be extended through December 31, 2017 and you must enroll in IDT9 11 to receive credit monitoring and an identity theft insurance policy, as well as other services. Enroll at idtca.breachresponse.com or by calling IDT911 at 1-866-272-1415. The deadline to enroll for free is May 23, 2016. Failure to enroll in IDT9I I may affect your eligibility to make an Identity Theft/Misuse Claim.
• AliClear Secure: Class members residing in Canada will also be provided with coverage under AllClear Secure, free of charge, through December 31, 2017. Please note that IDT911 provides benefits and services (including credit monitoring and a $1 million identity protection insurance policy) that are not part of AllClear Secure. You must enroll in IDT911 if you want to get those benefits and services.
Cash Payments for Valid Claims
-•–Eligible-class members can file claims for payments. To file a claim, visit www.cyberattacksettlement.com. There are two types of claims:
• You can file a Preventive Measures Claim by no later than April 23, 2016 if you have incurred actual costs, or spent time, before October 19, 2015, taking measures to avoid Identity Theft/Misuse resulting from the SPE Cyberattack (for example, if you bought credit monitoring services, froze your credit, or obtained credit reports because of the SPE Cyberattack), for which you have not already been reimbursed. Valid claims will be paid from a $2 million preventive measures fund.
• You can file an Identity Theft/Misuse Claim by no later than December 31, 2017, if you have suffered, or do suffer, actual, unreimbursed losses from Identity Theft/Misuse as a direct result of the SPE Cyberattack. Valid claims will be paid as claims are validated and approved, up to an aggregate maximum of $2.5 million.
• For more information, including eligibility and documentation requirements, visit www.CyberattackSettlement.com.
How can I get these benefits?
To enroll in IDT911 for free, visit idtca.breachresnonse.com or call IDT911 at 1-866-272-1415. To file a claim for payment, submit a claim form online at www.CyberattackSettlement.com, or you can submit a claim form by mail. Visit www.CyberattackSettlement.com for more information, including eligibility and documentation requirements.
What are my rights?
If you do nothing, you will be bound by the Settlement. If you want to keep the right to sue SPE yourself, you must exclude yourself from the Settlement by March 9, 2016. If you stay in the Settlement, you may object to the Settlement or Class Counsel’s fee application. The deadline to object is March 9, 2016. The Court will hold a hearing in this case on April 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to consider whether to approve (1) the Settlement and (2) attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses, and service awards for the plaintiffs in this case and others who filed cases against SPE relating to the SPE Cyberattack. You may appear at the hearing, but you don’t have to. You will be represented by Class Counsel or you may hire your own attorney at your expense. For a detailed notice with more information about the Settlement, including how to exclude yourself or object, or to see Class Counsel’s fee application when it is filed, go to www.CyberattackSettlement.com or call toll free 1-855-907-3142.
For more information, visit www.CyberattackSettlement.com or call 1-855-907-3142 CAN
After reading all this it kind of sunk in that I remember awhile back there was all that news about Sony being hacked where the conclusion was it was related to that movie The Interview. These kinds of mailings always make me skeptical of course on whether or not it is a hoax to get your personal information.
In general, all the website links seem legitimate where they appear to be attached to real companies and all. Some of the details are still kind of scary where like here it explicitly warns you that giving up your information for the ID theft services will be bound to US laws as opposed to Canadian ones where I reside.
I am curious if anyone else has gotten this. I am inclined to just try it but making sure to document everything incase something weird happens.