Canada – Statement on the recent Taliban Decision to Deny Afghan Girls the Right to an Education

Statement from the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union: We are united in our condemnation of the Taliban’s decision not to reopen secondary schools to Afghan girls.

March 24, 2022

Statement from the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union: We are united in our condemnation of the Taliban’s decision not to reopen secondary schools to Afghan girls.

“We are united in our condemnation of the Taliban’s decision on March 23 to deny so many Afghan girls the opportunity to finally go back to school. The Taliban’s action contradicted its public assurances to the Afghan people and to the international community.  The decision came after months of work by the international community to support teacher stipends based on an expectation that schools would be open for all, with the higher interest of Afghan students and teachers in mind.  And sadly, it came as eager Afghan girls were walking to their schools for the first time in seven months.   

“We call on the Taliban urgently to reverse this decision, which will have consequences far beyond its harm to Afghan girls.  Unreversed, it will profoundly harm Afghanistan’s prospects for social cohesion and economic growth, its ambition to become a respected member in the community of nations, and the willingness of Afghans to return from overseas.  It will have an inevitable impact on the Taliban’s prospects of gaining political support and legitimacy either at home or abroad.  Every Afghan citizen, boy or girl, man or woman, has an equal right to an education at all levels, in all provinces of the country.”

Recent SCUF Gaming International, LLC Data Breach Prompts Investigation into Class Action Lawsuit

Console & Associates, P.C. Investigates Potential Class Action Lawsuit Following Recent Data Breach at SCUF Gaming International, LLC

MARLTON, N.J.Jan. 5, 2022PRLog — The lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating potential legal remedies consumers have against SCUF Gaming International, LLC in the wake of a February 18, 2021 data breach. If this investigation reveals that SCUF Gaming failed to implement the necessary procedures to protect consumer data leading up to the breach, the company may be financially liable to affected consumers.

Data breaches such as the one recently announced by SCUF Gaming raise a number of risks consumers should take seriously.  Aside from putting consumers’ private and financial data in the hands of an unknown party, cyberattacks also increase the risk of identity theft and other financial losses. While these crimes are carried out by hackers and other bad actors, companies have an obligation to consumers whose information ends up in their possession. And while there is not yet evidence suggesting SCUF Gaming International, LLC bears any responsibility for the breach; the company may be legally responsible for consumers’ financial damages if evidence emerges that the company mishandled or failed to protect sensitive consumer data.

Attorney Richard Console, the founder of Console & Associates, P.C., explains, “It’s easy to place all the blame for a data breach on the person who hacks into a company’s system; however, this ignores the legal and moral obligation businesses owe to their customers. When someone gives a company their business, they trust that the information in the company’s possession will remain private—and out of the hands of criminals. While protecting consumer data requires a business to undergo some effort and expense, in our current environment of widespread hacking, this is a cost of doing business that all companies must take seriously.”

On February 18, 2021, SCUF Gaming learned through a third-party vendor that there was unusual credit card activity being conducted through its online store. Upon further investigation, SCUF Gaming learned that a hacker gained access to the company’s network and input a line of code in the back-end system. Evidently, the code was capable of capturing credit card information, and, on October 21, 2021, SCUF Gaming sent out data breach notifications informing affected consumers that their personal information was compromised. The letter explains that the following information may have been accessed by the unauthorized third party between February 3, 2021 and March 16, 2021:

  • Cardholder name,
  • Email address,
  • Billing address,
  • Credit card number,
  • Expiration date, and
  • CVV.

If evidence emerges that SCUF Gaming failed to maintain the necessary security measures or otherwise ensure the safety of consumers’ data, those who received a data breach notification letter may be able to pursue financial compensation through a class action data breach lawsuit.

In the meantime, anyone in receipt of a data breach letter from SCUF Gaming International, LLC should take the following steps to protect themselves from the risks commonly associated with a data breach, including identity theft:

  1. Carefully review the entire data breach letter to determine what information may have been accessed;
  2. Make and keep a copy of the data breach notification letter;
  3. Enroll in the free credit monitoring service offered by SCUF Gaming International;
  4. Change passwords and security questions to all online accounts;
  5. Regularly check all credit card and bank account statements for any signs of unauthorized activity;
  6. Monitor credit reports for any unexpected changes or signs of identity theft;
  7. Contact a credit bureau to request it add a fraud alert to the affected consumer’s profile; and
  8. Notify all banks and credit card companies of the data breach.

To learn more about this data breach, please visit https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/consumer-data-breach-alert-scuf-gaming-8772795/

The attorneys at Console & Associates, P.C. are committed to protecting consumer privacy. To encourage companies to take consumers’ privacy interests seriously, the firm investigates a wide range of cybercrimes, including data breaches, ransomware attacks and other network intrusions. Console & Associates, P.C. can be reached through the firm’s website at https://www.myinjuryattorney.com/consumer-privacy-data-breach-lawyers/.

Recent Arthur J. Gallagher & Company Data Breach Prompts Class Action Lawsuit Investigation

Console & Associates, P.C. Investigates Potential Class Action Lawsuit in the Wake of Recent Arthur J. Gallagher & Company Data Breach

MARLTON, N.J.Dec. 29, 2021PRLog — The team of lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. is looking into potential remedies for consumers impacted by a recent Arthur J. Gallagher & Company data breach. If evidence emerges that Arthur J. Gallagher & Company mishandled consumer information leading up to the breach, affected parties may be eligible to join a data breach class action lawsuit against the company.

Data breaches such as those announced by Arthur J. Gallagher & Company pose a significant threat to consumer privacy, and increase the risk of identity theft for anyone whose information was compromised. Certainly, businesses are not solely responsible for a data breach because these cyberattacks involve the criminal actions of a third party. However, companies have a legal responsibility to take certain precautions regarding the personal, identifying and financial information of consumers in their possession.

Attorney Richard Console, founder of Console & Associates, P.C. explains “It’s easy to place all the blame for a data breach on the person who hacks into a company’s system; however, this ignores the legal and moral obligation businesses owe to their customers. When someone gives a company their business, they trust that the information in the company’s possession will remain private—and out of the hands of criminals. While protecting consumer data requires a business undergo some effort and expense, in our current environment of widespread hacking, this is a cost of doing business that all companies must take seriously.”

The Arthur J. Gallagher & Company data breach is unique in that it involves several breaches, all of which may be related. On September 26, 2020, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. first detected that a third party hacked into their network and installed ransomware on some of the company’s internal systems. Upon further investigation, the company determined that an unauthorized party accessed and potentially acquired consumer data stored on the company’s network between June 3, 2020 and September 26, 2020. This compromised information varies according to the individual, however, it may include their full name, mailing address, Social Security number, driver’s license number, credit card number, debit card number, and other financial information. In September 2021, they sent out seven different data breach notifications to affected parties. In total, the number of affected parties exceeds two million; however, the number of unique parties may be lower if certain people received multiple letters

If it turns out that the company failed to maintain adequate measures to protect consumer data, those who received a data breach notification letter from Arthur J. Gallagher & Company could pursue financial compensation through a class action lawsuit.

In the meantime, anyone who received a data breach letter from Arthur J. Gallagher & Company should take the following steps to protect themselves:

1.) Read the entire data breach letter to determine what information was accessible to the unauthorized third party;

2.) Retain a copy of the data breach notification;

3.) Sign up for the free credit monitoring service offered by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.;

4.) Change passwords to all online accounts;

5.) Regularly check their credit card and bank statements for any signs unauthorized activity;

6.) Carefully monitor their credit report for any unexpected changes;

7.) Request one of the three major credit bureaus add a fraud alert to their account; and

8.) Notify all banks and credit card companies of the data breach.

To learn more, please visit https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/consumer-data-breach-alert-arthur-j-6322834/.

Console & Associates, P.C. is dedicated to protecting consumer privacy. The firm regularly investigates data breaches, ransomware attacks and other cybercrimes in an effort to hold corporations accountable for abusing the trust consumers place in them. Console & Associates, P.C. can be reached through the firm’s website at https://www.myinjuryattorney.com/consumer-privacy-data-breach-lawyers/.

The Recent Bitcoin Conference Has Cemented Miami As The Crypto Capital And Levolution’s Tokenization Platform Is At Forefront Of It All.

Miami, 9 June 2021– This past weekend, Miami hosted the largest Bitcoin conferences to date, securing its standing as the Crypto Capital of the U.S. The staggering number of high-net-worth attendees that have come in internationally and nationally is raising hopes of a speedy financial recovery from the pandemic and Levolution is paving the way.

Levolution is a tokenization platform based in London and Miami and is completely revolutionizing the traditional way people conduct business and fund their projects. As cryptocurrencies become more mainstream it is forcing a pivotal change in the financial world and will eventually push the public to find new ways of being able to conduct business or tap into raising capital with cryptocurrencies. If you want to be able to tap into the new world of crypto-funding and access a whole new financial market you will need to learn about tokenization and how your business can incorporate it into a new source of income.

History has a way of repeating itself and the financial world is no different. In the 1970’s the financial world resisted and fought, tooth and nail against the introduction of the credit card. Generations of financial experts were quoted that it was a passing novelty and would never be accepted by the traditional financial world. But look at us now, and ask yourself how often do you use physical cash to order online, in a restaurant, or in a store?

The reality is that cryptocurrency is being adopted on a global scale and by foreign governments as a legitimate currency, proven by the announcement of the president of El Salvador during the Bitcoin conference and their recently signed bill to adopt and use Bitcoin as a legal tender.

As cryptocurrency becomes more prevalent more companies are exploring tokenization. Over the years, there have been multiple iterations of companies or projects issuing their own token. In all cases, this occurs through a token offering, although the distribution model can differ a bit. Through the Levolution platform users can explore different token offering types; those primarily being security token offerings and utility token offerings.

Levolution’s practical approach to tokenization is an easy way to adopt blockchain into a wide variety of different assets but, it is the solution they have created for real estate and funding of development projects that have gained the most traction. They became an industry leader by providing the infrastructure on tokenization and clear-cut instructions on how the process happens, along with the ability to tokenize assets and the incorporation of cryptocurrencies into feasible business transactions. They have made it easy for anyone to launch a token offering or invest in projects built on the Levolution platform.

“Cryptocurrency is still in its infancy stages in the grand scope of the world economy. We are still developing and creating viable solutions that can be used in day-to-day business and transactions. Overall, the technology that we developed in-house is the base for the future of an evolving market and can be adaptable across multiple industries. Coming from a traditional finance background we want to be able to give everyone access to this new form of raising capital” – Says Patrick Schmitt Cofounder/Lead Investor of Levolution LTD.

For more information on Levolution’s tokenization platform and how you can raise capital with cryptocurrency please go to www.levolution.io or their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLxO4i0g4HY&t=3s