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Australia’s Hot Startup Suffers Massive Data Breach – Fears of Class Action Suits

Canva, considered the hottest and most successful tech startup out of Australia for years, has suffered a massive data breach – affecting 139 million people – at the very time that class action suits against breaches are on the rise.

Canva made a grave mistake in handling the breach, although it did not fulfill all the requirements in terms of notification and working with authorities.

But the incident is a good example of how modern governance can be critical in both data protection, and in strategy for the management of data breaches.

Surry Hills, NSW-based Canva is a 2007 startup offering templates, images and tools for graphic design. Today Canva boasts 200 million users around the globe and a valuation of US $ 2.5 billion, according to the Australian Financial Review. The startup’s popularity is Facebook and Instagram, but do not have any professional design capability. Canva remarkably easy-to-use tools solved this problem-for synthesis companies, Accor ding to a note by the fire Minds consultancy.

But, in May 2019, Canva was targeted by a notorious hacker whose pseudonym is ‘GnosticPlayers.’ This hacker has succeeded in acquiring and selling the data of 932 million users stolen from 44 different companies on the dark web since February.

ZDNet broke the story on May 24, after being contacted by GnosticPlayers. The hacker sends samples of stolen personal data to the site to prove that the hack had succeeded.

The hacker stole personal data from 139 million users, as well as passwords, were cryptographically protected. Some financial information what was viewed, but nothing would enable access to user accounts or credit cards.   

Canva’s governance error

Canva should have taken immediate steps to change their passwords. Instead, the company sends out a marketing message : “At Canva we spend a lot of our time working with our community to create great designs. The last week has been a big one for us. We’ve just received the acquisition of free photography sites in Pune and Pixabay … “

This continues with a very long paragraph. Buried at the bottom of this a message about a “security incident” and a warning to change their passwords.

Users who saw this were loud in protest on twitter. While the next day, the company has made a detailed formal announcement about the breach, and has since reportedly made all the necessary notifications,

Felicia Coco tells the Australian magazine Smart Company : “They are not prepared for these things to come up. But when you’re working with people’s personal information, there are always certain risks you have to consider. As you grow as a startup and you gain more awareness and you are on the radar of more people, the chances of something like this happening grow as well. Startups should always have a plan of attack in case something like this does happen. “

What the company should do, Coco adds, is the CEO or a top-level executive or board member?

This should, in fact, be part of the company’s data breach response plan, and every company, large or small, should have one.

Danger of severe financial penalties or class action suits

Not having a data breach response plan in place could be costly. The Office for the Australian Information Commissioner can not afford to pay more than $ 2.1 million, or more than $ 10 million domestic turnover.

But it Could be much worse: Australian companies shoulderstand so be aware thatthere has been a rise in the number of data breach class actions being Investigated and filed, accor ding to the Sydney office of the law firm Jones Day. Prevalence of claims relating to data breaches, “the law firm warns. There has not yet been a successful class action for data breaches, Jones Day notes, but, given that the number of action classes is increasing, one may expect to happen soon.

“It is important to have clear data security policies and response plans in place, and to ensure that such procedures are followed. Practical practice in relation to data security, “the law firm adds.

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