'It Wasn't Me' Defense Holds Promise For Snapchat, Dropbox

Law360, New York (October 17, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT) -- Snapchat Inc. and Dropbox Inc. recently responded to purported user-data thefts by asserting the compromised information was lifted from unaffiliated third parties and not their own servers, a defense that attorneys say likely would protect them in breach litigation, as long as they have robust internal security controls and no connection to the third parties.

On Monday, Dropbox challenged claims that hackers had lifted nearly 7 million users' login credentials from its servers by asserting that its systems had not been breached and that the data had been stolen from unrelated sites. According to the file-hosting service, hackers took the credentials...

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