As Data Hacks Grow, Data Breach Settlements Rise to New Heights
This morning, the Associated Press reported a major data breach in Europe, with hackers causing catastrophic disruptions in the Government of Ukraine:
According to AP, “Company and government officials reported serious intrusions at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices, where one senior official posted a photo of a darkened computer screen and the words, “the whole network is down.”
Data breaches by hackers have become an extremely infamous and troubling international trend in recent years, but it’s not just Europe.
Just this week, Anthem, the largest health insurance company in the U.S., settled a data breach suit for $115MM. In recent months, Chipotle, known best for, perhaps, packing way too much food into soft shell tortillas, was attacked by malware that stole customer credit card information.
Data breach in the U.S. is a troubling trend
The number of data breaches in the U.S. has, dramatically, increased across the board, directly affecting the business, medical / healthcare, education, government and banking industries.
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the number of data breaches in the business sector has nearly doubled in two years, rising from 258 in 2014, to 495 in 2016. Data breaches in education has nearly doubled in the same time, jumping from 57 to 98, which may the most troubling statistic we’ve seen to date.
In the U.S., it comes as no surprise that California, the tech capital of the world, suffered more losses via cybercrime than any other state in the union (circa 2015). Which is why the Los Angeles lawyers of Wilshire Law Firm are working hard to hold California companies who don’t protect their customers’ data accountable.
No industry is safe from data breach hacking
Wilshire Law Firm is ready to fight for your individual right to not have your data breached by irresponsible corporations, who take your sensitive information, and render it vulnerable to cyberattacks by neglecting to protect their databases.
Wilshire Law Firm is currently involved in a nationwide data breach class action lawsuit against retail giant Brooks Brothers. In fact, if your payment information was processed at a Brooks Brothers store between April 4, 2016 and March 1, 2017 anywhere in the United States or Puerto Rico, you may be eligible for legal claim.
Have you shopped at Brooks Brothers lately? You may be entitled to a substantial settlement.
Stay tuned to https://WilshireLawFirm.com/blog for updates on data breach law.