Posted On August 11, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
August 11, 2022 – Berkshire Partners LLC reported a data breach after the company was targeted in a recent cybersecurity attack. As a result of the breach, the name and Social Security number, and in some cases, your financial account number(s), driver’s license number, and passport number, among other types of information of certain individuals was compromised. They reported that they have no indications that the information included the security code, access code, or password that would permit access to these individuals’ financial account(s). On August 5, 2022, Berkshire Partners sent out data breach letters to those individuals whose information was affected by the breach.
The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are going to begin interviewing victims of the breach to determine what damages they sustained and what legal claims may be available to them. If you recently received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH from Berkshire Partners LLC, contact us at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential contact form for a free case evaluation.
Below is a portion of the letter that Berkshire Partners LLC sent to individuals affected by the data breach:
On July 18, 2022, we determined that an unauthorized third-party acquired some of your personal information. This determination followed an investigation into unauthorized access to the email account of an administrative employee of Berkshire Partners, a subsidiary of BPSP, L.P. and Berkshire Partners Holdings LLC, which likely occurred between August 18, 2021 and February 24, 2022. The employee primarily provides support to the current and former principals of Berkshire.
On February 24, 2022, we detected suspicious activity related to the email account and immediately launched an investigation into the incident. As part of the investigation, we conducted a comprehensive review of materials impacted and recently determined that an unauthorized third-party acquired emails that contained some of your personal information.
What Information Was Involved?
The emails may have included your name and Social Security number, and in some cases, your financial account number(s), driver’s license number, and passport number, among other types of information. We have no indications that the information included your security code, access code, or password that would permit access to your financial account(s).
What We Are Doing.
Upon learning of this incident, we took immediate steps to launch a comprehensive investigation with the assistance of technical experts, and to identify affected individuals. We also further enhanced our existing security measures to protect against future incidents.
To help protect against possible fraud, identity theft, or other financial loss, we are offering complimentary identity monitoring through Kroll for twenty-four (24) months. Your identity monitoring services include Credit Monitoring, a Current Credit Report, Web Watcher, Public Persona, Quick Cash Scan, $1 Million Identity Fraud Loss Reimbursement, Fraud Consultation, and Identity Theft Restoration.
Visit [Redacted] to activate and take advantage of your identity monitoring services.
You have until [Redacted] to activate your identity monitoring services.
Membership Number: [Redacted]
For more information about Kroll and your Identity Monitoring services, you can visit [Redacted].
Additional information describing your services is included in Attachment A.
What You Can Do.
Regardless of whether you elect to activate the identity monitoring services, we strongly recommend that you remain vigilant and regularly review and monitor all of your credit history to guard against any unauthorized transactions or activity. We also recommend that you closely monitor your account statements and notify your financial institution if you suspect any unauthorized activity. Attachment B contains more information about steps you can take to help protect yourself against fraud and identity theft.
For More Information.
Please be assured that we are taking steps to address the incident and to protect the security of your data. If you have any questions about this notice or the incident, please call (855) 544-2829, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, excluding major U.S. holidays. Please have your membership number ready.