UH sued for privacy breaches

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii is getting sued for all its recent privacy breaches.

On Thursday, Honolulu attorneys filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all victims, whose privacy was compromised over the last 18 months.

That's about 100,000 people.

The main plaintiff in the suit is a former UH student.

His lawyer says he was affected by two of the four security breaches at UH... the one in October, where a former professor mistakenly posted students' records online, and the one in June of last year, when a hacker infected the UH Manoa parking office computer with a virus.

"Our client in this case, Philippe Gross, discovered in Feb of this year that four other individuals were using his Social Security number. He discovered that when he applied for a grant with the State Dept of Health. Several months later, he was informed by his credit card company that his credit card was being used to purchase gasoline on the mainland," Gross' lawyer Thomas Grande said.

The lawsuit asks the federal court to order UH to purge their system of social security numbers.

It also calls on UH to protect victims by paying for things like credit report monitoring, and identity theft insurance.

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