A group of Zoosk users have filed a lawsuit against the dating platform and Spark Networks in response to a massive data breach earlier this year.
It was discovered in May that the private information of 30 million Zoosk members, approximately 85% of its entire community, was up for sale on the dark web. A hacker group known as ‘ShinyHunters’ stole almost 200 million records from at least 13 companies.
The plaintiffs, led by users Juan Flores-Mendez and Amber Collins, are accusing Zoosk of violating California’s Consumer Privacy Act and Unfair Competition Law. They are demanding a jury trial.
ShinyHunters was allegedly selling Apple ID usernames and passwords for an average price of $15.39, but were also listing some records for as much as $500.
Spark Networks sent email notifications to all the users that were affected by the breach. However, Flores-Mendez and Collins are claiming that they were not notified within reasonable time and are now living with the threat of credit card fraud and identity theft.
They also believe that the dating platform did not “maintain reasonable security controls” and was actually aware that it was susceptible to an attack of this scale.
Zoosk admitted that it did not learn of the breach until the news was publicly reported.
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