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Confidential records stolen in data breaches, leaks and cyberattacks could allow victims who have been affected to claim compensation now on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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You could be eligible to claim compensation for confidential records stolen in a data breach or a cyberattack. In most cases, it will be information that has been exposed in a cyberattack that is then stolen and misused. However, if information is leaked or left accessible when it should not have been, it can also be stolen in this way.
One of most infamous cases of information that was left exposed that could then have been stolen was that of the Virgin Media data leak that came to light at the start of 2020. A database containing the details of some 900,000 people had been left accessible online for a period of almost ten months, and we know that at least one unknown third party accessed the information. If it was stolen that way then this can be a simple example of confidential records stolen in a data leak incident as opposed to a cyberattack.
To claim compensation for confidential records stolen in a data breach or hack, we must prove that the organisation responsible for the security and protection of your information has been negligent. All organisations storing and processing data have a duty in accordance with the GDPR to process it fairly, safely and securely. If an organisation fails to have adequate cybersecurity in place, and the result is that cyber attackers can hack information, this can be a clear case of negligence. Our arguments can be that more should – and could – have been done to have protected the information.
When it comes to a leak or exposure event, these usually take place as result of some kind of accident or error. Again, if you look at the Virgin Media data leak incident, it was a configuration flaw that caused the database to be accessible. If we take a look at the infamous Equifax cyberattack of 2017, the cause of this was due to a known security vulnerability that Equifax failed to patch. In a situation like this, the argument is quite straight forward in that the patch not being applied can be the cause of how the cyber attackers were able to steal information.
Another example of negligence could be when an employee falls for some form of phishing or scammer contact and ends up leaking data or allowing access to information. The negligence of an employee can fall onto their employer organisation which is often known as vicarious liability, which means that you can still pursue a case against the organisation.
If you have been the victim of a data breach, leak or a hack, you could be eligible to claim compensation now on a No Win, No Fee basis. We work this way because we are true believers in access to justice, and it means that we can write off our legal fees if the claim does not succeed, subject to the agreed terms and conditions in place.
All you need to do is pursue the case with us and help us to complete the claim and you can either receive a settlement or we can honour our No Win, No Fee commitments.
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