Many professional negligence solicitors believe that we have so far seen only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to claims relating to financial loss sustained as a result of the online negligence of certain professionals.
Only recently, security experts urged internet users to be vigilant and to change their passwords following a breach of Yahoo user names and passwords. Luckily (or not so luckily for anyone who was among the five percent) only five percent of the passwords obtained by hackers were valid.
But was Yahoo negligent in its protection of user data? Although there is no word yet of any professional negligence solicitors being called into the breach (if you’ll excuse the pun) some online security experts have already branded the internet giant as negligent.
“When that data is out there, it really is incumbent upon them [Yahoo] to protect it wherever it might be and that wasn’t being done,” commented Dr. Clifford Neuman, director of the USC Center for Computer Systems Security.
Interestingly, for professional negligence solicitors, Dr. Neuman said that there was some element of forseeability to the data breach. “The particular kind of attack that was exploited here is one that has been known for many years. We see it coming up again and again,” he said.
In the wider picture it is almost irrelevant whether any negligence claims follow this breach – what is interesting is how the online picture will develop over the coming years.