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Court Calls Cyberattack Social Engineering, Denies Claim
August 25, 2022
SJ Computers, a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher that resells computers and provides tech services, sued Travelers Casualty for refusing to pay fully on a policy. According to the complaint, a hacker “infiltrated its computer systems, intercepted emails between SJ Computers and its vendors, and impersonated a company executive to cause fraudulent wire transfers, and SJ Computers sought coverage for social engineering and computer fraud coverage under the Travelers’ crime policy.” SJ alleged there to be a breach of contract and breach of good faith and fair dealing, arguing that the insurer lacked an arguable basis for denying coverage. Travelers filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that SJ’s policy clearly delineated between computer fraud and social engineering fraud. On August 16th a Minnesota court dismissed the case, calling it a clear instance of social engineering, a crime for which the insurer was only liable to cover a fraction of the $600,000 total losses.
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