The data breach against First American was initially reported last week by the Web site Krebs on Security
, which reported that confidential consumer data related to mortgage transactions going back to 2003 were available for online viewing by anyone with a Web browser. Among the data that was made accessible in the breach were bank account numbers, Social Security Numbers, financial and tax records and photographs of drivers’ licenses.
In filing the law suit, Gibbs Law Group accused First American of maintaining “careless security practices” despite repeated warnings from the FBI on the increased cybersecurity threat against the real estate industry.
“It is shocking that a company of this magnitude would blatantly disregard the most basic safety protocols when housing troves of highly-sensitive, personal information,” said Gibbs’ Data Breach Attorney David Berger.
Separately, the Oklahoma-based law firm of Federman & Sherwood
announced it was initiating its own investigation into First American related to the data breach. However, that endeavor is not tied any announced or pending litigation.