As it is commonly understood, the Great Fire of London spawned two fixtures of the modern world: advancements in firefighting and property insurance. The risk of fire was seen as a threat to society as a whole and mechanisms to mitigate that risk were naturally born. Now, the world has ubiquitous measures to minimize the risk of fire. However, in the modern era, we are facing a new fire: data breaches. In the words of the Talking Heads “[h]old tight, we’re in for nasty weather.“
The Seventh Circuit declined to rehear an appeal it decided against Neiman Marcus over a payment card data breach on Thursday, leaving in place the precedential ruling that held plaintiffs can sue for the trouble and expense of preventing fraud on their accounts.
The ruling will allow the suit in Illinois federal court, which has been on ice for a year during the appeal, to move forward. The plaintiffs claim their payment card details were compromised in the 2013 breach of Neiman Marcus systems that affected a proposed class of 350,000 customers, saying the retailer cut corners on security measures that could have prevented or mitigated the breach and didn’t give them timely notice of the attack.
FBI officials and U.S. Attorney William Hochul called 38-year-old James Allen “a master manipulator.”
The Detroit man was convicted of Child Pornography and Cyber Stalking for harassing 18 Western New York girls online between April and August of 2012.
Monday, Allen was sentenced to more than 20 years behind bars.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the FBI in Buffalo, Holly Hubert, said despite Allen’s invasive crimes, he wasn’t an expert hacker or computer genius.