Posted On July 18, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
July 18, 2022 – Recently, Centerspace, LP filed official notice of a data breach with various state governments after the company experienced a data security incident. While news of the Centerspace data breach is still coming out and the compromised data types have not yet been released by the company, the applicable reporting guidelines require a company to report any of the following breached data types: Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank or credit card account numbers, and medical records. Thus, it is likely, although not confirmed, that the Centerspace breach involved one or more of these elements. On July 14, 2022, Centerspace began sending data breach notification letters to all affected individuals.
If you received a data breach notification, it is essential you understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Centerspace data breach on behalf of people whose information was exposed. As a part of this investigation, we are providing free consultations to anyone affected by the breach who is interested in learning more about the risks of identity theft, what they can do to protect themselves, and what their legal options may be to obtain compensation from Centerspace, LP.
According to an official notice filed by the company, on November 11, 2021, Centerspace experienced a disruption in its ability to access the company’s computer systems. In response, Centerspace secured its systems and enlisted the help of an independent digital forensics firm to investigate the incident. Through this investigation, Centerspace hoped to learn what happened, whether any consumer data was compromised and, if so, what data types were accessible to an unauthorized party. On November 15, 2021, Centerspace learned that an unauthorized party was able to access company files and that these files contained the personal information of certain consumers.
Upon discovering that sensitive consumer data was accessible to an unauthorized party, Centerspace then reviewed the affected files to determine exactly what information was compromised. Centerspace completed this review on July 1, 2022; however, the company has not yet posted notice on its website or elsewhere publicly disclosing the type of information that was accessible to the unauthorized party.
On July 14, 2022, Centerspace sent out data breach letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Founded in 1970, Centerspace, LP is a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) based in Minot, North Dakota. However, previously, the company was known as IRET, until December 2020, when IRET changed its name to Centerspace. As a REIT, Centerspace is focused on the ownership, management, acquisition, redevelopment, and development of rentable properties, in this case, apartment communities. Centerspace, LP is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CSR.” Centerspace employs more than 462 people and generates approximately $201 million in annual revenue.
At Console & Associates, P.C., our consumer privacy lawyers monitor all security and data breaches to help affected consumers pursue their legal remedies. We offer free consultations to victims of data breaches and can explain your rights in clear, understandable terms so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case. If you’ve been affected by the Centerspace data breach or any other data security incident, Console & Associates, P.C., will investigate your case at no charge and offer you thorough advice about how to most effectively proceed with your case. If you decide to bring a case, we only get paid if you do. If your claim is successful, any legal fees are either paid by the defendant or come out of the funds recovered from the defendant. If your claim doesn’t result in a recovery, you will pay nothing.
Below is a copy of the initial data breach letter issued by Centerspace, LP (the actual notice sent to consumers can be found here):
I am writing to inform you of a recent data security incident experienced by Centerspace, LP (“Centerspace”) that may have affected your personal information. Centerspace takes the privacy and security of all information within its possession very seriously. Please read this letter carefully as it contains information regarding the incident and steps that you can take to help protect your personal information.
On November 11, 2021, Centerspace discovered that it had experienced an incident disrupting access to certain Centerspace computer systems. In response, Centerspace took immediate steps to secure its systems and launched an investigation. Centerspace also engaged an independent digital forensics and incident response firm to determine what happened and to identify any personal information that may have been accessed or acquired without authorization as a result of the incident. Beginning on November 15, 2021, Centerspace learned that files potentially containing personal information may have been accessed or acquired by an unauthorized third-party in connection with this incident. On July 1, 2022, Centerspace determined that such files may have contained your personal information, which is the reason for this notification.
What Information Was Involved:
The potentially impacted information may have included your name as well as your [Redacted].
What We Are Doing:
As soon as Centerspace learned of the incident, Centerspace took the steps described above. In addition, Centerspace implemented measures to enhance the security of its digital environment in an effort to minimize the likelihood of a similar event occurring in the future. Centerspace is also providing you with information about steps that you can take to help protect your personal information and, as an added precaution, is offering you complimentary identity protection services through IDX, a data breach and recovery services expert. Your services include [Redacted] months of credit monitoring and dark web monitoring, a $1,000,000 identity fraud loss reimbursement policy, and fully- managed identity theft recovery services. With this protection, IDX will help you to resolve issues if your identity is compromised. The deadline to enroll is October 14, 2022. Note that to receive credit monitoring services, you must be over the age of 18 and have established credit in the U.S., have a Social Security number in your name, and have a U.S. residential address associated with your credit file.
What You Can Do:
Centerspace is not aware of any misuse of your information as a result of this incident. Nonetheless, Centerspace encourages you to follow the recommendations on the following page to help protect your information and encourages you to enroll in the complimentary services being offered to you through IDX by using the Enrollment Code provided above.
For More Information:
If you have any questions regarding the incident or would like assistance with enrolling in the services offered, please contact IDX at 1-833-940-2461, Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Central Time (excluding holidays). Call center representatives are fully versed on this incident and can answer any questions that you may have.
The security of your information is a top priority for Centerspace. Please accept our sincere apologies and know that Centerspace deeply regrets any worry or inconvenience that this may cause you.