Lawsuit

Michaels class-action suit tossed after plaintiffs can't show damage

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A judge ruled that plaintiffs couldn't show monetary damage in suit filed after a breach exposed data on 2.6 million of the retailer's customers.

Judge dismisses second class-action suit against Advocate Health

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For the second time in as many months, an Illinois judge has dismissed a class-action suit against Advocate spawned by a data breach last summer.

EFF sues NSA in bid for records related to Heartbleed disclosure

EFF sues NSA in bid for records related to Heartbleed disclosure

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Frustrated by the NSA dragging its heels on a FOIA request, the EFF takes the NSA to court to secure records on vulnerabilities disclosure criteria.

LinkedIn customer email lawsuit given OK by court

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A U.S. District judge says LinkedIn's email marketing practices run counter to California law.

Snapchat and FTC settle complaint

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The FTC filed a complaint earlier this year against the popular messaging service alleging the app deceives users about the amount of personal information it collects.

Class-action suit aimed at MCCCD for delayed notification in breach

Class-action suit aimed at MCCCD for delayed notification in breach

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A motion filed in Maricopa County Court says that by delaying notification and lying about last April's breach, MCCCD put victims' PII at risk.

Bank of America target of class-action suit for 2012 breach

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Plaintiffs claim that stolen personal information was sold and used for fraud and identity theft.

FTC files complaint against website that labeled users "jerks"

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The Federal Trade filed a complaint against the operators of "Jerk.com" for breaking the FTC Act by misleading consumers.

French court requires Google to publicly admit privacy violation

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Google must post a notice on its French homepage stating that it has been fined more than $200,000 for privacy violations.

Judge throws out Steam breach lawsuit over lack of "harm"

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A U.S. District Court has found that Valve, maker of the Steam video game distribution service, is not liable for a breach last November that exposed personal data belonging to some 35 million subscribers.

Security firm Trustwave among defendants in S.C. breach suit

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A South Carolina attorney has amended a lawsuit to include compliance assessor Trustwave as a defendant, opening the door to whether a security provider can be held liable for a breach at a customer's site.

Barnes & Noble customers file lawsuits after breach

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Less than two weeks after the book giant revealed that PIN pads at dozens of its stores were compromised, four victims have filed lawsuits, alleging the company failed to properly protect their data and notify them in reasonable timeframe.

Judge dismisses brunt of Sony breach lawsuit

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Basing his decision on Sony's privacy policy, which states there's no such thing as "perfect security," a California judge tossed much of a class-action lawsuit filed against the company in the wake of the April 2011 breach.

Companies settle rent-to-own computer spy charges

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A software developer and seven rental computer distributors are accused of installing spy software on machines that was capable of logging keystrokes and taking webcam photos.

Wyndham Hotels challenges FTC security suit over breaches

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The world's largest hotel operator is disputing allegations that it violated the FTC Act when it sustained a series of data security breaches.

Court rules against Countrywide breach plaintiffs

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Four victims of a massive insider scam at the mortgage lender were unable to prove that they suffered identity theft, just annoying calls from telemarketers.

Yahoo faces lawsuit following data breach

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The suit contends that Yahoo didn't properly protect the personal information of some 450,000 users of its Contributor Network.

LinkedIn sued over exposure of poorly secured passwords

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the popular business-networking website over the recent hack that led to theft of nearly 6.5 million stolen passwords.

Podcast: The probability of a data breach lawsuit

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If a data breach occurs, when are companies more likely to be sued by consumers or employees? A Carnegie Mellon University researcher joined me on the SC Magazine Podcast to discuss.

Accused Kelihos spam botmaster: It wasn't me, Microsoft

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A Russian computer programmer has denied allegations by Microsoft that he was responsible for manning a prolific spam botnet.

Univ. of Hawaii settles with 98,000 over five breaches

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The largest class-action settlement in Hawaii's history is related to data breaches at University of Hawaii campuses.

Microsoft names Russian man in Kelihos botnet suit

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Microsoft believes it has found the person responsible for the spam-pushing Kelihos botnet, according to a new lawsuit.

Study finds many turn to lawsuits following a data breach

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Consumers are more willing than ever to sue following a data breach, but they face an uphill climb in court. However, a recent court ruling may flip the odds in their favor.

TD Ameritrade settles lawsuit over major breach

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While TD Ameritrade maintains that no identity theft resulted because of a 2007 breach, it has decided to compensate customers "in the interest of helping ease" their concerns.

Microsoft wins Rustock civil case, passes evidence to FBI

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Microsoft has prevailed in its civil case against the operators of the Rustock botnet, which in its heyday controlled a network of more than a million computers.

AT&T sues two over scheme to steal customer data

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AT&T has accused two Utah men of carrying out a data mining scheme involving auto dialer software that cost the company more than $6.5 million.

WellPoint to pay $100,000 fine for breach

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Indianapolis-based health insurer WellPoint will pay $100,000 to settle a data breach that exposed the personal information of 32,000 of its Indiana customers.

Sony faces new lawsuit following PSN hack

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A new class-action lawsuit filed against Sony in the wake of the massive PlayStation Network/Qriocity breach claims the company fired security workers just days before the breach occurred.

Judge rules bank not at fault for corporate account fraud

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In a potentially precedent-setting court ruling, a U.S. magistrate judge has ruled that a bank is not responsible for covering the loss of nearly $300,000 that was illegally wired out of the bank account belonging to a Maine construction company.

Indiana attorney general sues WellPoint over breach

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The Indiana Attorney General's office has filed a lawsuit against Indianapolis-based health insurance provider WellPoint for taking months to notify state residents whose personal information was breached.

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