Major worker’s compensation insurers, including a Berkshire Hathaway company, hacked into thousands of confidential legal files to save money on judgments and settlements, an Angeleno claims in a federal class action.
Hector Casillas claims the insurers “hacked into privileged and confidential litigation files of thousands of individuals litigating worker’s compensation cases against them. The defendants stole these files from servers used by law firms representing the individual litigants and used the illegally obtained information to obtain a litigation advantage.”
Casillas claims the insurers hacked into tens of thousands legal files, including about 5,000 from Reyes & Barsoum, a prominent worker’s compensation law firm in California.
Harvard is investigating a security breach to its Faculty of Arts and Sciences and central administration information technology networks that administrators say may have compromised email login information.
The breach was discovered on June 19, according to a joint statement from Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 and Executive Vice President Katie N. Lapp released Wednesday, and the University is working with federal law enforcement officials and security experts on an investigation.
Garber and Lapp’s statement maintained that officials currently “have no indication that personal data or research data have been exposed,” [Translation: “We asked the security guys to keep us in the dark.” Bob] but administrators are urging affiliates of several University schools to change their Harvard email passwords in response to the incident.