Expert wins settlement in whistleblower case against Cisco

July 31, 2019 - 10:33 pm

BOSTON (AP) — A computer security expert has won a rare payout in a whistleblower lawsuit he filed against Cisco Systems Inc. almost a decade ago.

James Glenn had reported critical security flaws in Cisco video surveillance software used at major U.S. international airports and by federal agencies with critical national security roles.

Rather than being rewarded for his 2008 discovery, Glenn lost his job, according to the lawsuit he filed under the federal False Claims Act.

That suit was unsealed Wednesday with the announcement of an $8.6 million settlement.

The law lets whistleblowers report fraud and misconduct in federal contracting and to collect financial rewards when the claims are successful.

Cisco says it is pleased to have resolved the dispute and that it has no evidence that the flaws were ever exploited.

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