Princess Beatrice left her Sony intern job after hacking controversy
The cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a major factor in Princess Beatrice's decision to leave her intern role with the company, according to reports.
The hacking attack on Sony Pictures played a crucial role in Princess Beatrice’s decision to leave her role as a paid intern at the company, it has emerged.
Friends said the princess and other employees were asked to take time off after the devastating hack – thought to have been carried out by North Korea in revenge for a Sony comedy which depicted the assassination of Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader.
However, the princess - who is sixth in line to the throne of England – decided to resign instead.
Her salary, address and other confidential information was among a vast amount of material stolen by hackers.
The cyber criminals, calling themselves Guardians of Peace, made public a range of highly damaging email exchanges between Sony bosses, as well as copies of unreleased movies and the script to the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre.
It is unclear whether the security implications of working for Sony had any bearing on Princess Beatrice’s resignation.
But the company’s failure to store securely private information about a member of the Royal Family is bound to have raised concerns at Buckingham Palace.
A friend of the princess told the Mail on Sunday: “Beatrice’s job was semi closed down by North Korea when her social security details were splashed all over the pages of American newspapers.”
The development may also have influenced Beatrice (26) to view it as the right time to leave the internship at Sony’s British headquarters in Soho, central London, and attempt to secure a permanent role elsewhere.
The friend said Beatrice had been approached by headhunters and is now considering two job offers.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman refused to comment on the latest development.
We have only confirmed that the princess is pursuing a career in business,” said the spokeswoman.
The hackers put every computer at Sony out of action and claimed to have stolen 100 terabytes of data.
They tried to force the company to cancel the release of The Interview, featuring the assassination of Kim Jong-un.
After an initial delay the film was received a theatrical and digital release, to mixed reviews.