Controversial legal outfit ACS Law could face legal action over emails that were leaked all over the Internet.
The data, which was apparently liberated when the morally dubious outfit was attempting to repair servers after a Denial of Service perpetrated by hacking group Anonymous, reportedly contained personal details of thousands of people accused by the company of breaking copyright laws.
In addition, the 350MB compressed data file is understood to contain highly unpleasant personal emails from the company's owner Andrew Crossley to his ex wife.
The file includes the names, adresses, postcodes, IP addresses and even credit card details of some 10,000 people accused by the company of sharing illegal files over the Internet. Many of the instances involved some pretty unpleasant hardcore porn, according to reports.
The file has been helpfully reformatted into easily-readable PDF files, which are currenly being seeded to just about every P2P service you can name, including The Pirate Bay.
Unfortunataly for ACS Law, digital watchdog Privacy International (PI) has got wind of the breach and has reported Crossley and his company to the Information Commissioner's office.
The human rights outfit reckons ACS Law's servers weren't properly protected from attack, and that anyone whose details have been compromised should be suitably compensated.
Current UK legislation states: "Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data."
According to PI advisor Alexander Hanff, "This data breach is likely to result in significant harm to tens of thousands of people in the form of fraud, identity theft and severe emotional distress," adding, "This firm collected this information by spying on internet users, and now it has placed thousands of innocent people at risk."
Anyone who has ever been contacted by ACS Law company should get in touch with Privacy International by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.