Woman sued LinkedIn for $5 million over data breach


Katie Szpyrka an Illinois woman has filed a $5 million lawsuit against LinkedIn Corp, saying the social network violated promises to consumers by not having better security in place when more than 6 million customer passwords were stolen.
The lawsuit, which was brought in federal court in San Jose, California, on June 15 and seeks class-action status, was filed less than two weeks after the stolen passwords turned up on websites frequented by computer hackers.
About a month ago hackers hacked more than 24 million members, of Linkedln users.
Linkedln is a social network site of about 160 million users across the globe.
LinkedIn spokeswoman Erin O’Harra said the lawsuit was without merit and was driven “by lawyers looking to take advantage of the situation.”