Jelly Bean - DOJ’s First Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative Settlement

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP Podcast

22-03-2023 • 11分

In this episode of our Enforcement & Investigations Podcast Series, Julia Hesse, Sara Frank and Lauren Swidler discuss the Department of Justice’s first settlement under the new Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative. Based a novel use of the False Claims Act, website developer Jelly Bean Communications LLC, and its owner and sole employee agreed to pay almost $300,000 to resolve allegations that Jelly Bean failed to provide secure hosting services for a government funded Florida children’s health insurance website. Jelly Bean was required to maintain and update software to ensure that the site’s cybersecurity controls were compliant with HIPAA; its failure to do resulted in a half million applications hacked, leaving personal identifying information on the site vulnerable.