Walmart will pay $750 to customers for leaking their personal information

Following allegations from a lawsuit filed against Walmart, authorities have concluded that the company violated the California Consumer Privacy Act, mentioning specialists in a cyber security course. In the lawsuit, the company is accused of causing “significant damage” to its customers after a data breach suffered by the company, although Walmart claims that such an incident never occurred. 

The plaintiffs claim that an unidentified group of threat actors managed to access Walmart’s official website to extract user data. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern California. The lawsuit does not specify when the incident referred to occurred or the amount required by the plaintiffs.

The allegedly compromised data include names, addresses, financial data, among other details, which could be exposed in hacking forums on dark web, mention experts from the cyber security course. A snippet of the lawsuit obtained by an anonymous informant mentions: “As a result of the actions and inactions of the defendants, the user information was extracted. Many of the company’s customers were compromised with their personal information, their data was compromised, and have been exposed to fraud, identity theft, among other scenarios.”

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), authorities may require Walmart to pay about $750 USD to each of the users affected by the incident.

In this regard, the company denies that the data breach mentioned above never occurred, so they will present evidence to the courts. A company spokesperson mentioned: “Protecting user data is our priority; we will discuss the plaintiffs’ claims in the legal process.”

Other companies have gone through similar incidents, experts from the cyber security course. Companies like Salesforce and Clearview face legal processes because of data breach allegations that resulted in the exposure of their customers’ personal information. Jake Moore, of the ESET security firm, mentions: “Companies of this magnitude must understand the risk to their customers and, although we don’t want anyone to close, it can help other companies minimize risk and learn from their mistakes and prepare them for the future.”

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