GitHub and Capital One Sued Following Data Breach

In the aftermath of a March 2019 Capital One data breach that reportedly compromised the data of over 100 million Capital One customers and credit card applicants, plaintiffs are suing not only the credit card company but also the software development platform where the alleged perpetrator posted information about the breach. The hack is said to have exposed the social security numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card applications of millions of people in the US and Canada.

The plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit allege that Capital One knew or should have known about the breach when it occurred, and should not have waited until July to take action in response. They also allege that GitHub was negligent in failing to adequately monitor the information on its platform, resulting in stolen data being available there for almost three months. In addition to at least one other lawsuit having been filed, investigations by Congress and the New York Attorney General regarding the breach are reported to be underway.

Additional Reading

Lawsuit filed against GitHib in wake of Capital One data breach, The Hill, August 2, 2019

Class Action Complaint, Aballo et al. v. Capital One Financial Corporation et al., filed August 1, 2019, via Justia Dockets

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