Last year (14), the company was targeted by cyber criminals who infiltrated databases and stole reams of private data, including confidential emails, actors' personal details and even financial and medical records of staff members.

Nearly 50,000 current and former employees subsequently banded together to take legal action against the company, filing papers to move forward with a class action lawsuit, but it has now emerged that Sony Pictures bosses have agreed a settlement with the group.

The settlement was confirmed in court papers filed on Wednesday (02Sep15), but no details were made public.