• Cinema chain National Amusements, parent of Paramount and CBS, suffers a data breach.
  • Hackers compromised the personal information of 82,128 individuals during the breach in December 2022.
  • National Amusements disclosed the breach to Maine's attorney general but provided limited information on the incident.

National Amusements, the cinema chain and corporate parent of media giants Paramount and CBS has acknowledged a data breach where hackers obtained the personal information of tens of thousands of individuals.

The private media conglomerate disclosed in a mandatory report to Maine's attorney general that hackers stole personal data from 82,128 individuals during a data breach in December 2022. 

Maine's announcement revealed that the company detected the breach in August 2023 but did not disclose the compromised personal information. As the company's human resources chief submitted the data breach notification letter, the stolen data may pertain to the company's employees.

The nature of the cyberattack and whether the hackers demanded a ransom or if the company paid it remains unclear.

National Amusements, the owner of over 1,500 cinemas in the United States, has not provided any additional comments regarding the data breach.

Molly Morse, a partner at Kekst CNC representing National Amusements, stated that the company has decided against further commenting on the incident.

It is worth noting that National Amusements is widely recognized for its controlling stake in Paramount and CBS, which came about after the Viacom-CBS merger in 2019.

In a separate disclosure, Paramount revealed a security breach in August, where hackers obtained personal information, including customer names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers or other government-issued identification numbers.


Edited by Shruti Thapa