Couple allowed to sue bank for security fail

Computerworld reports that last month, a judge of the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois allowed a couple to pursue their suit for negligence against the Citizens Financial Bank.

They claim an account they had at that bank was breached and they suffered a loss of $26,000 through theft, all because the bank had not implemented a two-factor authentication method as recommended by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.

At that time, the bank were still using usernames and passwords for accessing the accounts, and they have not been able to convince the judge that their safety measures were adequate and that they didn’t breach their duty to protect the account in question.

This decision gives weigh to the point that security analysts have been trying to prove for quite some time – companies need to show due diligence when it comes to protecting their customers’ personal data, or they could get sued after a breach that compromises said data.




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