Class-Action Follows Hacking Attack
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.February 1, 2012
A federal class-action suit has been filed in Texas against geopolitical analysis publisher Stratfor, The Statesman reports. The suit follows a hacking attack against Stratfor's website in December and seeks more than $50 million in damages on behalf of the 75,000 customers whose personal and credit card information was compromised. It alleges breach of contract and violation of the federal Stored Communications Act; two weeks passed before Stratfor notified those affected about the incident. Stratfor says the suit is "without merit," and it looks forward to telling its side of the story, the report states. Hacking community Anonymous has taken credit for the breach.