AT&T Must Face Customer Hack Allegation, Court Says (1)

March 26, 2020, 5:38 PMUpdated: March 26, 2020, 8:00 PM

AT&T Inc. must face allegations that it is to blame for hackers fraudulently accessing a customer’s data, a federal court in North Carolina ruled.

Judge Terrence Boyle denied AT&T’s motion to dismiss the claims, saying—contrary to the company’s argument—the plaintiff has standing to bring the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The ruling shows the challenge telecom companies face in tossing unauthorized-access suits by arguing that plaintiffs don’t suffer real-world harm connected to cybercriminal fraud schemes.

Plaintiff Jason Williams, a digital currency asset manager, brought the suit in October 2019, alleging that AT&T ...

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