Lawsuits, while helping in many ways, could be a mixed blessing in the security field. One one hand you could have many initiating frivolous lawsuits just to earn a quick buck. On the other hand they could be used to incentivize more security. Like with most things in life … there’s a dual purpose for everything.
A class-action lawsuit launched against LinkedIn after hackers leaked the website’s user passwords has been dismissed before reaching trial.
Northern California US District Judge Edward Davila ruled that two premium-account holders had been unable to demonstrate they suffered any actual harm as a result of the 2012 hack, which resulted in the online exposure of 6.5 million password hashes.
LinkedIn failed to salt these encoded login credentials, which were created using the outdated SHA-1 algorithm. Salting hashes, for the uninitiated, thwarts attempts to recover the original passwords.
How do you feel about lawsuits in the security field? Post your comments below. Today’s post pic is from SiliconAngle.com.