LOS ANGELES — A technology investor is suing a group of unknown individuals, citing alleged deliberate intent to hack company emails in order to gain access to confidential files.
Europlay Capital Advisors LLC and managing director Mark Dyne filed a complaint on April 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against the defendants alleging that they violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Federal Eavesdropping Statutes, California Penal Code and Federal Economic Espionage Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that, on March 30, 2017, plaintiff's employee received an email from a supposed client asking for payment for an agreed renewal of policy. During the email conversation, plaintiff learned that the emails were faked, impersonating clients in order to gain access to wire payments amounting to $82,973. Plaintiff Dyne's email was also hacked and his user name and complex secret password were used to gain access to his confidential files.
The plaintiffs allege the defendants accessed ECA's computers and/or email servers so as to gain access to confidential information, confidential communication and other confidential material. The identities of the defendants will not be known until the third-party ISPs can be subpoenaed for email records.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for all damages, preliminary and permanent injunctive relief to cease and desist the unlawful conduct, award of pre-judgment interest, attorneys' fees and such other further relief as the court deems just and proper. They are represented by Jeffrey F. Gersh and James A. Sedivy of Stubbs Alderton and Markiles LLP in Sherman Oaks.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:17-CV-2856