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LinkedIn Faces Lawsuit over Security Breach

Perhaps you were affected by the security breach at  LinkedIn this summer, which  results in 6.5 million LinkedIn account holders having to reset their password. As a result,  Katie Szpyrka, an Illinois resident, filed a $5 million class action lawsuit against LinkedIn Corporation. A class action lawsuit is a  type of lawsuit where either a class of defendants are being sued or a large group of people collectively bring a claim to a court. She filed the suit in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California  and is  accusing the company of violating its security policy following the data breach.

Szpyrka is seeking a class action status claiming that LinkedIn “deceived customers” with a security policy "in clear contradiction of accepted industry standards for database security."  A news source  reported that Szpyrka said LinkedIn failed to properly safeguard its users' digitally stored personally identifiable information, including email addresses, passwords, and login credentials.

Szpyrka is asking LinkedIn to pay damages that equal less than a dollar per each user account that was compromised. LinkedIn spokeswoman Erin O’Harra issued a public statement where she ruled out the accusations and regarded the suit as baseless. She also added that no user account was breached and seeking a class action status is meritless as no member could be injured because of the incident.

Learn more about the breach of data business lawsuit here.

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