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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.

NBA star Shaquille O'Neal accused of hacking

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A recently filed lawsuit accuses four-time NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal of voicemail hacking, but one security expert wonders whether the allegations fit the hacker label.

Microsoft to assume control over Waledac domains

Security industry efforts to permanently shut down the prolific Waledac botnet have been successful, according to Microsoft.

Disgruntled San Francisco admin sentenced to four years

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Two years after he was charged with holding the city of San Francisco digitally hostage, a disgruntled former network administrator was sentenced to four years in prison.

Connecticut leads probe into Google Wi-Fi data collection

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After already being hit with at least three lawsuits over its admitted collection of information from unprotected Wi-Fi networks, Google now is being subject to a multistate investigation into the privacy blunder.

Judgment against Spamhaus sees major reduction

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A U.S. District Court judge has slashed the amount of damages being awarded to a former marketing services firm that claimed it was defamed and lost customers when an anti-spam organization listed the company has a purveyor of unwanted email. e360 originally won an $11.7 million judgment against U.K.-based Spamhaus. After failing to initially even recognize the case, Spamhaus appealed, and a judge ruled that the case required a further look. Last week, Judge Charles Kocoras of the Eastern District of Illinois reduced the award to $27,000. Spamhaus operates a blocklist to which many internet service providers subscribe. — DK

Google sued for data collection via Wi-Fi

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Google this week was hit with a third class-action lawsuit over its collection of information from unprotected Wi-Fi networks.

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