QuickWire: Lawsuit Is Filed in Arizona Data-Breach Case

A lawsuit has been filed against the Maricopa County Community College District, in Arizona, over a data breach that exposed the personal information of 2.4 million people dating back three decades.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, alleges that college officials failed to protect personal information by not mitigating a data breach in 2011, which then gave way to a more significant breach in 2013. The suit, which seeks $2,500 in damages for each potential plaintiff, was first reported by The Arizona Republic.

The Arizona case is one of several high-profile—and expensive—cyberattacks detected at colleges during the last year. In February trustees at the Arizona community-college district approved up to $17.1-million in contracts to repair the computer system and to provide credit-monitoring services to those affected by the breach.

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