9/30/13

LexisNexis' Privacy Litigation, Security Breach, and Breaking Bad Commercial

"Better Call Saul!"
I'm watching the Breaking Bad marathon last night when a commercial comes on mentioning a familiar company. Although I couldn't find the 30 second spot telling me to go to BringAClaim.com, I did find the 2 minute video from the firm behind Bring A Claim, San Antonio based, Watts Guerra, LLP, that describes the settlement agreement that entitles, "more than 100 million Americans who could be entitled to statutory damages of $100 to $1000 for each proven willful violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act."

It seems that Lexis wasn't just having a problem with this issue, but according to KrebsOnSecurity, was hacked by a serious cyber criminal organization, along with Dun & Bradstreet, and Kroll Background America, Inc., where millions of social security numbers and business information were stolen and sold. The KrebsOnSecurity report, based on a seven month long investigation, reports that the Lexis breach seems to have been one where someone on the inside installed a program called NBC.exe in order to gain access to the system and download the personal data.

Perhaps the most alarming thing that Krebs' reports is that there are over a thousand "customers" (AKA, Bad Guys) going through the hacked data:
The database shows that the site’s 1,300 customers have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars looking up SSNs, birthdays, drivers license records, and obtaining unauthorized credit and background reports on more than four million Americans.
Seems that Walter White wasn't the only one having a bad year. But, remember, you may be entitled to damages, so you better call Saul... er, Watts Guerra.

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