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Canon USA Agrees to Settle Claims After Hacker Attack Exposed Employee Data

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Back in August 2020 Canon was victim of a hacker attack on their networks. It was a ransomware attack and employee data was stolen by the criminals.

Now, as Bloomberg Law reports, Canon has agreed to settle all claims over the breach of employee data:

Canon USA Inc. would pay up to $7,500 for monetary losses and $300 for out-of-pocket expenses to each victim of an August 2020 data breach that compromised the personal information of employees and their beneficiaries, under a proposed deal filed in federal court.

Nine named plaintiffs alleged in a proposed class action that the breach was caused by Canon’s failure to encrypt their information or use other adequate measures to protect it. They also alleged the company failed to provide adequate notice to affected employees.

Information exposed in the breach included names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, government-issued identification …

The stolen data concerned all Canon employees who were working for the company from 2005 until the year of the attack.

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