LinkedIn Faces $5 Million Lawsuit Over Password Breach

Posted on June 23, 2012 by

We all knew it was only a matter of time until someone filed a lawsuit against LinkedIn for the huge password breach earlier this month — where the Russian hacker stole over 6 million user passwords.

Katie Szpyrka, an Illinois woman, filed suit in San Jose California Federal Court. Szpyrka seeks class-action status. She bases the suit on the theory that LinkedIn deceived its users because its security policy was “in clear contradiction of accepted industry standards for database security.”

LinkedIn’s current security system certainly has its fair share of flaws, but what security system doesn’t?

I agree with LinkedIn spokeswoman Erin O’Harra, who said the lawsuit was without merit and was driven “by lawyers looking to take advantage of the situation,” as reported by Basil Katz of Reuters. As of now, there appears to be no concrete evidence showing that any LinkedIn users were adversely affected by the breach. Moreover, “If it turns out that the LinkedIn breach was limited to customer passwords and not corresponding email addresses, it will be that much harder for plaintiffs to prove they were harmed by the hack” said Ira Rothken, a San Francisco lawyer, as reported by Reuters.

LinkedIn was sincere in their apologies after the password breach, as evidenced by their press release. Security is a top priority for LinkedIn and they assure us that they are taking further precautions to ensure user safety.

Internet companies like LinkedIn will always face security problems.

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