|[December 13, 2013]
Louisiana Sheriffs' Pension and Relief Fund v. IBM
ARMONK, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--
Yesterday, IBM (News - Alert) (NYSE:IBM) learned of a lawsuit pushing a wild conspiracy
theory. This lawsuit seeks to confuse IBM's support for a U.S.
cybersecurity legislative proposal -- which has yet to be enacted --
with the completely unrelated NSA surveillance program called PRISM.
Even a cursory reading of the legislative proposal, known as CISPA,
makes clear that it has nothing to do with the recently disclosed NSA
surveillance program. The legislation is designed to help protect
companies from cyber attcks by encouraging the sharing of technical
cyber threat information, such as malware code. The ability for those
under attack to work together to help prevent cybercrime is a modern
business requirement and an important goal, which is why many companies,
including IBM, support such legislation. This bill does not refer to
China, and it does not authorize government surveillance, facts that the
plaintiff and its attorneys could have easily determined had they
bothered to do the slightest fact checking.
Starting from this fictitious connection between CISPA and PRISM, the
complaint proceeds to make numerous specious and false accusations, and
IBM calls upon the law firm that filed this action to do the right thing
and dismiss this action immediately. To fail to do so is a profound
disservice to the judicial system, to the public, and in this case, to
IBM will vigorously fight this baseless lawsuit.
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