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RockYou! Data Breach Lawsuit Moves Forward

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A California judge has decided that a lawsuit against a major online gaming company for alleged privacy violations can move forward. RockYou!, the company that makes the ridiculously popular “Jungle Jewels” and other Facebook-based games, is being sued for having exposed millions of users’ names, passwords and email addresses as the result of a data breach.

When hackers attacked RockYou! in December 2009, they found the company retained this information in unencrypted files. Security experts called the breach a serious security blunder, as the London Register reported at the time.

California resident Alan Claridge had signed up to use RockYou!’s photo sharing software in August 2008. In his lawsuit, Claridge alleges that RockYou! failed to keep its promise to safeguard customers’ personal information, and that the company was slow to respond to the data breach.

RockYou! asked the U.S. District Court of Northern California to throw the case out. In a decision issued April 11, Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton refused. As a result, Claridge may continue suing RockYou! for breach of contract and negligence.

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