North Carolina VTech Class Action Lawsuit Lawyers
Recently, VTech announced that the personal information of approximately 6.4 million children was exposed in a data breach. This announcement came just after it was discovered that 4.9 million adults customers’ personal information was stolen by cybercriminals. According to reports, the hacked child profile information only consists of the children’s name, gender, and date of birth; however, hacked parent account information includes more sensitive data like name, email address, password details, mailing address, and IP address. The breach occurred on November 14, 2015, when hackers gained access through VTech’s Learning Lodge application store, which is where users go to download new learning games. VTech discovered the data breach ten days later, on November 24, and decided to temporarily suspend the Learning Lodge, Kid Connect, and PlanetVTech sites. The attorneys of Rhine Law Firm are currently investigating claims on behalf those whose personal information was likely exposed due to VTech’s handling of that information. The filing of a VTech class action lawsuit is imminent, so if you believe that your, or your child’s, personal information has been compromised due to VTech’s handling of your personal information, contact us today to discuss your legal options.
Located in Hong Kong, VTech is an international supplier of electronic learning products for children and the world’s largest manufacturer of cordless telephones. The company also manufactures electronic products, and has been identified as one of the world’s top 50 electronics manufacturing services providers. VTech raked in nearly $2 billion in revenue in the year 2014 alone. The fact that this massive company deals specifically with electronics and websites that carry massive amounts of sensitive data would lead one to believe that it had preventative measures in place to protect from data breaches like the one it experienced. This, however, was not the case. VTech did take steps after the data breach was discovered to deter other hackers. A few weeks after the breach, VTech announced that it hired FireEye, a leading cyber forensics company, to help boost security for its Learning Lodge site and its other sites where consumer information is stored. The company also conducted a comprehensive review of its affected sites after the data breach occurred, and decided to suspend operation of its popular sites. While these are positive steps, many consumers are left wondering why more was not done to prevent the data breaches.
While it seems that adults’ personal information was hit hardest, the VTech data breach highlights an increased worry about children’s privacy while more of their personal information is stored online through social media and Internet-connected toys. If your, or your child’s, personal data was stolen in the VTech Data Breach, you may be entitled to compensation from VTech for failing to keep your information safe. Rhine Law Firm has a team of experienced Wilmington class action lawsuit attorneys dedicated to investigating and litigating technology-based cases. If you believe that your personal information has been compromised in any way and would like to have your matter investigated further, contact the attorneys of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. toll free at (866) 772-9960 or locally at (910) 772-9960 today.
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