A Chicago law firm and an Indiana man recently filed a classaction lawsuit against RockYou, provider of applications and services for social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. RockYou recently admitted that its database, which contained the unencrypted usernames and passwords of 32 million subscribers, was breached by hackers. The complaint alleges that RockYou failed to properly protect the sensitive information of its customers. The suit is seeking unspecified relief and damages.

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» A national data breach notifica-                                                                                     Howard Schmidt, a former
tion bill was recently passed in the                                                                                  police officer who has
U.S. House of Representatives.                                                                                        held chief security roles
The Data Accountability and                                                                                           at eBay, Microsoft and the
Trust Act would require any orga-                                                                                     Bush White House, was
nization that experiences a breach                                                                                    recently appointed federal
of electronic data containing per-                                                                                    cybersecurity coordina-
sonal information to notify all U.S.                                                                                  tor. “Howard will have the
individuals whose information is                                                                                      important responsibility
                                                                                                                      of orchestrating the many

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breached. In addition, organizations
would be required to designate an                                                                                     important cybersecurity
information security officer and                                                                                       activities across the gov-
establish a data security policy.                                                                                     ernment,” John Brennan,
There have been a number of                                                                                           assistant to the president
similar bills recently introduced in                                                                                  for homeland security and
Congress, but none have previously                                                                                    counterterrorism, said in a
passed a vote on the House floor.         Howard Schmidt will advise President Obama in cybersecurity matters.         recent letter.

»A Chicago law firm and an
Indiana man recently filed a class-                                            of supervised release. Stephen          currently to his sentencing in the
action lawsuit against Rock
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