Should I sue the makers of this film for copyright infringement?

I’m joking, of course, in case that wasn’t obvious.  However, this film does a damn good job portraying what the InfoSec department at TD Ameritrade was (and, unfortunately, still is) like.  Counsel recently informed me, probably not realizing the foolishness it exposed, that TD Ameritrade DID NOT HAVE AN INTRUSION DETECTION SYSTEM(IDS) (or an Intrusion Protection System (IPS)) in place!

Watch it. (just Episode 1! It’s just 4 minutes.  Definitely skip Episode 2. Episode 3 is weak too.)

And no, I’m not endorsing AppSec or DBPROTECT.

Note the underlined bits.  Note the choice of words used.  Spam, instead of Security Breach.  “Other personal information”, instead of “including Social Security Numbers, Account Balances, Home Addresses and Phone Numbers” or better yet, the – still undisclosed – complete actual list of the data fields in the compromised database.
I’ve been following TD Ameritrads’s SEC Filings – 10-Q’s, etc.
In one 10-Q, I find this note about the case; similar notes are in other 10-Q’s:
Spam Litigation – A purported class action, captioned Elvey v. TD Ameritrade, Inc., was filed on May 31, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The complaint alleges that there was a breach in TDA Inc.’s systems, which allowed access to e-mail addresses and other personal information of account holders, and that as a result account holders received unsolicited e-mail from spammers promoting certain stocks and have been subjected to an increased risk of identity theft. The complaint requests unspecified damages and injunctive and other equitable relief. A second lawsuit, captioned Zigler v. TD Ameritrade, Inc., was filed on September 26, 2007, in the same jurisdiction on behalf of a purported nationwide class of account holders. The factual allegations of the complaint and the relief sought are substantially the same as those in the first lawsuit. The cases were consolidated under the caption In re TD Ameritrade Accountholders Litigation. The Company hired an independent consultant to investigate whether identity theft occurred as a result of the breach. The consultant has conducted four investigations since August 2007 and reported that it found no evidence of identity theft. The parties entered into an agreement to settle the lawsuits on a class basis subject to court approval. On May 1, 2009, the Court granted preliminary approval of the proposed settlement, which had been revised, and set a hearing on final approval for September 10, 2009. Some class members have filed objections and opt-outs. The settlement is not expected to have a material effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

I will make them talk. A, B, C, and D (not their real names) are all current or former members of TD Ameritrade’s InfoSec group.

Over a month ago, I filed and served a legal subpoena for their emails about the breach.  I also subpoenaed all the reports by internal staff and involved outside firms, which include ID Analytics, Mandiant and Protiviti, regarding the breach, which I understand will cover at least five security audits related to investigating the breach.

But TD Ameritrade has refused to honor the subpoena – AT ALL.

The other things I subpoenaed were:

C) A copy of the circa September 18, 2007 deposition of the former TD Ameritrade CSO (Chief Security Officer) regarding this breach.

D) TD Ameritrade stated on September 15, 2008, “We know specifically when the breaches began.” We request a copy of a document disclosing that date.

E) A copy of each Letter to the Audit Committee and Letter to the Audit Committee Chairman from the company’s auditors from 2005 to 2010, inclusive. Discusson of deficiencies that could have no impact on customers could be redacted.

I called the Claims Administrator yesterday, at 1-888-749-8173. The firm is well known in its field: Rosenthal & Co, which part of Computershare.  What a fiasco!

WarningDO NOT USE the information (more…)

NEW: You can review and comment on the key documents, which I’ve posted in editable wiki form at http://caringaboutsecurity.wikispaces.com! Cool, huh?(I’ve not posted the less important documents to the wiki. Just exhibits A, F, and G for now.) Please take a look and provide feedback. Smile

On December 9, 2010, I filed and argued in court against the motion for preliminary approval:

Elvey_Response_to_Kreinder-TDA_offer.pdf describing our concerns.  I’d highlight them thusly:  We pushed for an effective audit.   This settlement proposal notice is misleading and poorly publicized, and so cannot be fair.  It has an audit component that to the untrained or hasty eye is meaningful compensation, but (more…)

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An actual HMG IS2 Full Accreditation Statement based on an actual ITSHC – an actual security audit by Deloitte, one of the Big Four audit firms – which demonstrates the auditor’s reputation has been put on the line, as well as the legal liability shouldered by such an audit.
Author: George McLeod, National Accreditation Manager, NPIA

Judge Walker has said that the audit component primarily benefits TD Ameritrade, not the class.  Here’s why I think a good audit component substantially benefits the class.  (more…)

The proposed settlement has been thrown out!

What did I think of the decision?

What do I want to see happen?

The media is asleep on the job?

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