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[ISN] Chicago jeweler suing Oak Brook IT firm


By Wailin Wong
Chicago Tribune
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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