Australian share registry Computershare has confirmed that it is suing a former risk employee who allegedly downloaded thousands of pages of sensitive company data on to a USB drive that was subsequently lost.
The ongoing litigation, initiated in the US in February, was first reported by Kapersky Labs' Threat Post
blog earlier this week.
Computershare has denied that the data at risk contains sensitive shareholder information, but admits that it has yet to retrieve company email and documents that outline details of internal audits and future business plans.
The employee, who worked as an internal auditor for the firm, is being pursued through the US courts by Comptershare over charges relating to violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
The suit is ongoing, after the company discovered that the employee, named as Kathayann Pace, siphoned the data from her laptop to two seperate USB drives.
Pace claims that she lost the USB drives, but Computershare says an analysis of her personal laptop indicates that the drives were in use throughout the period she maintained that they had been misplaced.