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According to CNN Money, reality meets fiction re-meets reality: One of the consultants helping Sony Pictures recover from a cyberattack is Judy Smith, the woman described as the inspiration for the hit ABC series “Scandal.”

Smith is advising Sony Pictures film chief Amy Pascal, who has been widely criticized in the weeks since the attack.

Some Sony (SNE) employees have blamed Pascal and studio CEO Michael Lynton for failing to secure the company’s computer systems before the hacking and for insufficient communication with the rank-and-file afterward. The hackers exposed an extensive trove of stolen information like Social Security numbers, leaving tens of thousands of employees and contractors at risk for identity theft.

U.S. officials say that North Korea was behind the late November hack attack. The North Korean regime has denied this, but has repeatedly expressed outrage about the Sony movie “The Interview,” which featured a plot line about the assassination of Kim Jong Un. Last week, an online threat by the hackers resulted in the cancellation of the movie’s Christmas Day theatrical release.

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