A federal lawsuit has been filed against Paxton Media Group, claiming the company had a cyberattack and a massive data breach earlier this year, but waited three months or more to tell more than 20,000 current and former employees that their private information has been hacked – many of them residing in western Kentucky.
PMG has over 100 news organizations nationwide, but locally operates the Paducah Sun, Kentucky New Era, Times Leader in Princeton, Cadiz Record, WPSD Local 6, and several other organizations in Western Kentucky. .
Jason Riley, a criminal justice reporter for the WDRB in Louisville, first broke the news on Friday night.
According to some trial details, the cyberattack occurred between February 26 and March 20 of this year, in which an “unauthorized third party” of cybercriminals gained specific access to the data of current and former employees, including including social security numbers, financial account and routing number information, as well as credit card numbers and other assorted data.
On or around June 24, officials at Paxton Media Group began sending data privacy event notices to current and former employees whose information was viewed. However, some complainants have still not been informed.
According to Riley, the lawsuit also claims that “some of the private information was sold on the ‘dark web’ – an underground overlay of networks that use the Internet, but require specific software and authorization, and often lend themselves to unscrupulous transactions. and not very recommendable. .
The plaintiffs’ lawyers are as follows:
– Jeffery A. Roberts, Murray, (270) 753-0053, [email protected]
– Lori G. Feldman, Croton-on-Hudson, New York, (917) 983-9321, [email protected]
– David J. George and Brittany L. Brown, Lake Worth, Florida, (561) 232-6002, [email protected] and [email protected]
– William B. Federman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, (405) 235-1560, [email protected]