… In a world where everything runs on computers, these attacks can cause havoc. Hospitals have had to postpone surgeries. In Southern Maryland, Leonardtown was hit by the sprawling Kaseya IT software hack and lost 17 of its 19 computers, forcing it to stop billing residents for electricity and blocking paychecks from going out to town employees. And in the case of Colonial Pipeline, hundreds of gas stations were shut down, leading to huge lines of cars waiting for what little fuel remained.
The rise in lawsuits may mean companies and organizations that are hacked are no longer just on the hook for reimbursing people who had their data stolen. They could now be liable for all kinds of damages that go well beyond a heightened risk of identity theft or credit card fraud.