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Mitnick May Sue AT&T Over Account Breach

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Kevin Mitnick may sue AT&T for refusing to do anything about hackers constantly trying to break into his account.

Yesterday we reported that Mitnick had been told by both AT&T and the company that hosts his site to find service elsewhere. Apparently being Kevin Mitnick means a lot of people like to launch attacks on your website and breach your AT&T account only to post your personal details on the web.

CNet today reports that Kevin wanted compensation from AT&T. Unfortunately for Mitnick, AT&T wasn't having any of it. Now, Mitnick says he might sue.

"My attorney is going to review my contract to see what, if any, restrictions are in my service agreement," he said. "I may file a lawsuit for invasion of privacy for the failure to adequately protect my information."

"AT&T wants me off their network because they can't secure my account, and after being a loyal customer for almost a decade I find that reprehensible," he told CNet News on Thursday. "It apparently is more cost effective to drop me than to secure their customer's information."

Do you think Mitnick has the right to sue AT&T for terminating his contract? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Anonymous , August 21, 2009 4:59 PM
    While I don't feel very sorry for Mitnick repeatedly being attacked and compromised (it's his own fault he's become such a high profile target after all), this is no excuse the AT&T to shirk their duties in protecting his customer data. If his data is repeatedly being compromised, AT&T is clearly has security issues they should be addressing.

    For those who would side with AT&T, let me put it this way. If Mitnick's customer information can be compromised, any customers information could be. If this was happening to you, would you still side with AT&T?
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    agentjon , August 21, 2009 4:41 PM
    Good for him.
    AT&T and the like charge their early termination fee if you leave before your contract is up, even if their service sucks. Its time the consumer fights back.
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2009 5:15 PM
    I'd say that AT&T should hold their end of the contract up and they should make a serious attempt to keep their networks and their servers secure.

    Just look at all the security breaches and credit card thefts that have been in the news in the last year or two and you'll see the seriousness of this issue as it's no laughing matter.

    If a company could keep a high profile hacker's account secure, then I'd be willing to do business with them should I need their services.

    Too many companies are failing to take security seriously these days and they would rather put profits ahead of their clients own security.

    AT&T is making more than enough ripping off their customers their high prices. They can certainly afford to better secure their networks instead of their pocketbooks.

    Same thing goes for Verizon and other services.
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    masop , August 21, 2009 4:40 PM
    Wow, I haven't heard much of a peep in the media regarding mitnick lately. It won't be an easy case to prosecute IMHO. It really depends on various factors. In the end, if it wasn't for his past getting in the way, he could fend off the attacks himself. If I was him, I'd consider suing as well, but only if I knew without a doubt that I'd win. It isn't like he doesn't have the money for a lawsuit, heh.
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    agentjon , August 21, 2009 4:41 PM
    Good for him.
    AT&T and the like charge their early termination fee if you leave before your contract is up, even if their service sucks. Its time the consumer fights back.
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    Irrenhaus , August 21, 2009 4:52 PM
    The funny part is that this was one of the companies that he hack into back in the days of Pacific Bell. Now he is been hack out it.
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2009 4:59 PM
    While I don't feel very sorry for Mitnick repeatedly being attacked and compromised (it's his own fault he's become such a high profile target after all), this is no excuse the AT&T to shirk their duties in protecting his customer data. If his data is repeatedly being compromised, AT&T is clearly has security issues they should be addressing.

    For those who would side with AT&T, let me put it this way. If Mitnick's customer information can be compromised, any customers information could be. If this was happening to you, would you still side with AT&T?
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    Niva , August 21, 2009 5:00 PM
    Absolutely he has the right to sue, he's being singled out. Curious how this will fall out in the long term but I think he should press forward with it based on the situation.
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2009 5:15 PM
    I'd say that AT&T should hold their end of the contract up and they should make a serious attempt to keep their networks and their servers secure.

    Just look at all the security breaches and credit card thefts that have been in the news in the last year or two and you'll see the seriousness of this issue as it's no laughing matter.

    If a company could keep a high profile hacker's account secure, then I'd be willing to do business with them should I need their services.

    Too many companies are failing to take security seriously these days and they would rather put profits ahead of their clients own security.

    AT&T is making more than enough ripping off their customers their high prices. They can certainly afford to better secure their networks instead of their pocketbooks.

    Same thing goes for Verizon and other services.
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    virtualban , August 21, 2009 5:31 PM
    With all their money AT&T should find better marketing people as this is really really really bad publicity for anyone in the field who can decide about hosting anything there.
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    virtualban , August 21, 2009 5:34 PM
    And not only damaging hosting, even though some from the general public that go and buy iPhones might think otherwise. :D 
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    Montezuma , August 21, 2009 5:34 PM
    AT&T is an absolute shit company. They treat their employees like shit and they treat their customer just as bad. If I were Kevin, I would find a better provider and sue the shit out of them.
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    jstall , August 21, 2009 5:43 PM
    Oh the irony... Mitnick suing AT&T.... they do deserve it though, AT&T are a real shite company.
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    h0llow , August 21, 2009 5:47 PM
    CHA he has a right to sue. Who cares who he is. It's the fact that AT&T cannot secure vital customer information. You would kind of think security comes first from such a company.
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2009 6:03 PM
    AT&T should

    - 1) Hire Kevin Mitnick as their Spokes Person
    - 2) Make Kevin Mitnick a Security Consultant
    - 3) Make Securing the network and the servers a priority
    - 4) Keep Security a Priority
    - 5) FIRE the Current AT&T CEO
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    Aragorn , August 21, 2009 6:06 PM
    Seems to me there should be a class actiont suit. If they can't secure his data then all their other customers data is at risk. They should be required by law to protect the data and they should be held accountable for any leaks, no matter who's data.
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    antilycus , August 21, 2009 6:14 PM
    he has no right. contract says ATT can do whatever whenever it wants with your account without your consent. THE END. CASE CLOSED
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    igot1forya , August 21, 2009 6:20 PM
    Hack the planet! Hack the planet! Hack the planet!
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    captaincharisma , August 21, 2009 6:29 PM
    yep AT&T has that in there contract. so AT&T can be crappy and incompetent as much as they want

    all AT&T has to do is show up with his sig on the contract he signed and case closed
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2009 6:55 PM
    Just because they have the contract, does not mean case closed.

    Breach of Contract on the part of the Contractor VOIDS the original contract and Invites a Law suit on the part of the Contractee.

    In this case, failure to keep the client's account secure and negligence towards the security of all their other clients would more than justify a class action suit.
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    hakesterman , August 21, 2009 7:16 PM
    Sorry Folks, any phone service provider has the right to terminate you at their discresion, it's in
    the contract you sign. I have had four different phone providers and everyone of them including AT&T states right in the ontract that they may terminate your contract at anytime without notice. And i can assure you that if security is at stake they have the right to cansel. Sorry that's just the way it is.

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    Hanin33 , August 21, 2009 7:24 PM
    maybe this is the case we need to challenge these absurd contracts and EULAs that the corporate lawyers keep force feeding us...
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