Tag: Lawsuit

Fear of lawsuits chills car hack research

Regulatory agencies are trying to use copyright law to crack down on dangerous tampering with automobile computers, sparking fears that they will stymie needed cybersecurity research. As Internet-connected cars proliferate on the roads, so too do the opportunities for hackers to uncover and possibly exploit software security flaws — for good and bad.

Concerns about who should and shouldn’t have access to vehicle software came to a head this summer when “white hat hackers” exploited a vulnerability and took control of a Jeep’s steering, brakes and transmission.

Read how the fear of lawsuits is stopping security researchers from undertaking research in car hacking on The Hill.

Health Plan Lawsuits and Data Breach Claims: Recent Developments and Implications

Five class action lawsuits have been filed against Premera Blue Cross in federal court in Seattle, Washington following the recent report of a data breach that affected approximately 11 million individuals. The lawsuits make similar allegations that Premera failed to protect sensitive information from attack. One lawsuit alleged a violation of the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (“HIPAA”).

Read about the recent developments in Healthcare sector security space and its implications on JDSupra.

Why tort liability for data breaches won’t improve cybersecurity

Government policymakers have been hoping for twenty years that companies will be driven to good cybersecurity by the threat of tort liability. That hope is understandable. Tort liability would allow government to get the benefit of regulating cybersecurity without taking heat for imposing restrictions directly on the digital economy.

Those who see tort law as a cybersecurity savior are now getting their day in court. Literally. Mandatory data breach notices have led, inevitably, to data breach class actions.

Read why tort liability for data breaches cannot improve the prevailing cyber security situation on Washington Post.

Apple sued for shrinking storage space on 16GB devices thanks to iOS 8

Apple’s caught plenty of flack for continuing to sell iPhones and iPads with just 16GB of storage in 2014, and just as much for the amount of storage needed to upgrade to iOS 8, two things that a pair of customers from Florida are suing the company over.

In a legal complaint filed yesterday in California, Miami residents Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara say that the 16GB iPhones and iPads they purchased had less than that amount of usable space, something Orshan contends was further reduced after upgrading his iPhone 5S from iOS 7 to iOS 8.

Read more about the legal case filed on Apple regarding shrinking memory on 16GB iPhone and iPads on Verge.

Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod copyright management

Apple won a class-action lawsuit that alleged they had used a software update to ensure iPod owners could only play songs sold in the iTunes Store or downloaded from CDs.

The federal court jury took three hours to reject the lawsuit that concerned iPods sold from September 2006 to March 2009, according to The New York Times. The tech company was accused of violating antitrust law by using a copyright management system that could have pushed people into buying iPods. The lawsuit ran into multiple issues when coming together.

Read more about the victory of Apple in the class-action lawsuit for copyright management in iPods on SC Magazine.

Sony Pictures sued for failing to protect employee data from hackers

Sony Pictures is being sued by two former employees for failing to protect key staff pay and conditions data from hackers. According to a Los Angeles federal court filing, the two ex-employees have proposed a class action lawsuit, which means more people would be able to join litigation against the motion picture giant.

The crux of the lawsuit rests on Sony Pictures failing “to secure its computer network and protect confidential information” regarding staff salaries, social security, and healthcare. “An epic nightmare, much better suited to a cinematic thriller than to real life, is unfolding in slow motion for Sony’s current and former employees,” said the filing.

Read more about the latest development in Sony hack attack where employees have sued Sony for failing to protect their personal information on International Business Times.

Judge Ruling Favors Financial Institutions in Target Lawsuits, Paves Legal Roadmap For Cases To Follow

On Tuesday, a federal judge rejected Target Corporation’s attempt to dismiss multiple claims made by several banks in an effort to minimize their financial burdens caused by the retailer’s massive data breach in late 2013.

Following the compromise of 40 million customers’ credit cards, a group of financial institutions filed lawsuits against Target, claiming the retailer’s “conduct both caused and exacerbated the harm they suffered.”

Read more about the Target Corporations case unfolding in Minnesota District Court on Trip Wire.