The Federal Court in California had accepted a case against AT&T accused of SIM swapping which led to the theft of cryptocurrencies last year. The plaintiff, Michael Terpin has filed the case against the US telecom giant last year. Terpin has accused AT&T of enabling the hackers in obtaining duplicate SIMs for Terpin’s number.
Terpin’s lead Counsel Pierce O’Donnell, a partner with Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger in Los Angeles, has claimed in a press release,
“The evidence will show that AT&T not once, but twice allowed hackers posing as Michael to obtain his SIM card,”
Terpin has accused AT&T of ‘digital identity theft’ and also suspected insider employees ‘cooperating with the hackers who helped them attain a new SIM to Micheal’s phone number. The hackers then used the numbers to access the cryptocurrency store in it. AT&T can also be charged here with negligence and non-compliance with privacy laws.
Moreover, as reported earlier on CoinGape, Micheal Terpin has already won the case against the actual thief who stole his cryptocurrencies. The accused, 21-years old Nicholas Truglia was fined around $75.8 million.
Furthermore, while the total amount of the cryptocurrency led from Michael’s account equaled only $24 million at the time of filling. Terpin has filed for $200 million in punitive damages from AT&T.
However, the telecom firm finds these claims disputed and asked for the dismissal of the case. However, the court has rejected the telecom giant’s plea and the case will in fact be heard. An AT&T official told the media,
“We dispute these allegations and look forward to presenting our case in court,”
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