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[ISN] Chicago jeweler suing Oak Brook IT firm
By Wailin Wong
February 10, 2012
Chicago jeweler C.D. Peacock has sued a suburban information-technology
consulting firm, alleging that the company's negligence allowed hackers
to access confidential customer financial data.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court. According
to C.D. Peacock's complaint, it hired Oak Brook-based BridgePoint
Technologies for IT-related services in August 2009. In March 2010, the
company found that its virtual private network, designed to give remote
users access to a centralized network, was failing to make connections.
C.D. Peacock said although evaluating the problem fell outside the scope
of its agreement with the IT firm, a BridgePoint consultant inspected
the network and said the VPN could not be fixed. The consultant told the
jeweler to go around the VPN connection, a move that he assured the
company would be safe, according to the lawsuit.
"Circumventing the VPN led almost immediately to a serious security
breach," C.D. Peacock said in its filing.
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