Data Breach Class Action Lawsuits
Hacked: Data breaches are a headache for companies but a nightmare for everyone else.
It seems like every day brings news of yet another data breach. You can be forgiven for becoming numb to them due to their frequency and regularity. But data breaches are extremely serious events whose consequences can run the gamut from identity theft and ruined credit to grave national security threats. As one of the most connected nations on the planet, data breaches should not be the ‘cost of doing business’ on the Internet.
51% of data breaches involved organized criminal groups and 81% involve stolen or breached passwords.
Companies often don’t take security of your data seriously
It’s painfully obvious that companies do not take protecting your data seriously. Case in point: ex-Equifax “Chief Security Officer” Susan Mauldin’s qualifications included a bachelor’s degree and a master of fine arts degree in music composition from the University of Georgia. Her LinkedIn professional profile lists no education related to technology or security. It was revealed that Equifax’s massive data breach of 143 million records came about due to a software vulnerability that was known about, and should have been patched, months earlier. Even though she immediately retired after the breach, “Chief Security Officer” was a position she had no business occupying in the first place. How many other Equifaxes are out there? No one knows, but you can be sure that there are more to come in the future.
Not only are the number of data breaches rising, the number of records stolen per breach is increasing as well as the cost per stolen record.
What can you do if you are a victim in a data breach?
When companies are careless with your valuable personal data, there should be consequences. And since most companies only seem to change when they face real financial penalties, litigation that recovers significant compensation for victims is the most effective way to steer a corporate culture toward adopting a laser-like focus on data security. At PCVA, we are currently working on behalf of tens of thousands of identity theft victims in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
We are currently the lead litigation firm in the class action suit against Premera for their data breach that saw potentially millions of highly-personal medical and financial records leak to the dark web. Premera has made every attempt to downplay the seriousness of this breach and are resisting calls to accept responsibility and provide appropriate restitution to affected individuals. A consortium of law groups, of which PCVA is a member, is currently engaged with interviewing Premera IT employees, in preparation for a future trial date. You can learn more about this lawsuit at premeralawsuit.com.
Data breaches are happening more and more often. Here are some of the larger data breaches we know about, including what kind of data was taken and how many individuals were affected. You can find out more about any of these, and check for yourself at haveibeenpwned.com. Also, if you want to stay up to date on data breaches with an in-depth look, check out Krebs on Security.
Data Breach Details
|Company||Number affected||Date||Data stolen|
|Yahoo (Oath, Inc.)||3,000,000,000||2013||Emails, Usernames, Encrypted Passwords|
|Yahoo (Oath, Inc.)||500,000,000+||2014||Names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, some security questions/answers|
|Equifax||145,500,000||2017||SSNs, dates of birth, addresses, some driver’s license numbers, some credit cards|
|Deloitte||Unknown||2016||Admin accounts; access to Deloitte email for months|
If you have been the victim of data theft, contact us and tell us more about your situation. Your data is valuable and its theft is not something to be taken lightly. Let the team at PCVA go to work for you and teach offending companies that data carelessness is not a sound business strategy.