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The Translink Data Breach, which was disclosed in December of 2020, resulted in the loss, theft or compromise of highly sensitive personal information of TransLink’s employees and its other stakeholders including, but not limited to, their extremely sensitive and highly valuable banking information.
TransLink’s actions and omissions and its breaches of duty were carried out knowingly or recklessly. It is purported in the Notice of Civil Claim that TransLink knew or ought to have known that it possessed a significant volume of highly valuable personal information on the residents of British Columbia and that, as a result, it was the subject of a heightened risk of cyberattacks. It, accordingly, knew or ought to have known that, consistent with its legal obligations, it was required to implemented enhanced security measures appropriate to the sensitivity of the personal information in its custody or under its control. TransLink failed to exercise the diligence required of it in the circumstances, disregarding its legal obligations , and violated the purported Class Members‘ reasonable expectation of privacy.
Notice of Civil Claim
On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Global News reported that, following reports of significant “suspicious network activity” across major parts of Translink‘s computer systems, it had confirmed that Translink had experienced a cybersecurity attack.
According to Global News, a letter allegedly communicated to Translink by threat actors stated that Translink‘s network had been compromised, its computers and servers were locked, and its private data had been downloaded by unauthorized third parties.
Following Global News‘ report on the incident, Translink acknowledged the data breach, further confirming that various parts and components of Translink‘s computer systems had been taken offline. Those included major Translink systems including employee payroll operations, customer payment systems and various other customer service platforms and features.
Although TransLink declined to confirm the timing or scope of the incident, Global News quoted anonymous “internal sources” as confirming that the data breach was carried out on the evening of Monday, November 30· 2020. Global News’ sources also confirmed that the incident “is believed to have started with a successful phishing email,” and that it resulted in the breach of Translink‘s “entire database.”
A class action is a lawsuit which provides a method for a large group of people with common claims to come together to advance one claim on behalf of the group. Class actions are more efficient and cost-effective and allow for groups of people with common claims to gain access to the legal system and seek justice on their behalves.
Class actions are typically handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that the class counsel are only paid if the class action is successful at trial or settled. In the event that it is successful, class counsel fees may be paid by the Defendants owners and operators or out of either the settlement or judgment proceeds, as approved by the court.
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