Downtown cyber-security business sues Atlanta medical lab [The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 06--The owner of a Downtown cyber-security business contends in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the owner of an Atlanta-based medical lab defamed him and his business in media interviews and an upcoming book.
Robert J. Boback and Tiversa Holding Corp. claim that Michael J. Daugherty and LabMD Inc. have mischaracterized his company as working for the government and attempting to extort other companies because the Federal Trade Commission required it to turn over a file the Atlanta company had inadvertently made available on a peer-to-peer computer network.
The FTC last week charged LabMD with failing to protect the personal information of about 10,000 customers.
Daugherty couldn't be reached for comment. He is about to publish a book that, according to the publisher's blurb, says that Tiversa stole a file from his company and then turned it over to the FTC when Daugherty refused to pay for its security services.
Boback says in the lawsuit that his company was scanning peer-to-peer networks in 2008 when it found a LabMD computer would allow anyone in the network to download a 1,718-page document containing patients' social security numbers, insurance information and treatment codes.
The FTC didn't pay Tiversa to scan the networks and didn't tell it what it would do with LabMD's file, the lawsuit says. While he offered his company's services in fixing the security breach and checking for others, that wasn't an extortion attempt, the lawsuit says.
Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-325-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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