Posted On March 25, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 25, 2022 – Recently, Citadel Servicing Corporation d/b/a Acra Lending announced a data security event stemming from unauthorized access to certain company email accounts.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Citadel Servicing understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Citadel Servicing data breach. As a part of our 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 Citadel Servicing.
In 2021, there were 1,862 data breaches affecting more than 189,000,000 individuals. Victims of identity theft spend, on average, 200 hours and more than $1,300 recovering their identity. Many of these victims also suffer credit damage, emotional distress, and may even end up with a criminal record. Taking immediate action is the best way to prevent the worst consequences of a data breach.
According to an official filing by the company, Citadel Servicing learned that an unauthorized party gained access to two email accounts associated with the company. In response, Citadel launched an investigation into the incident to determine its nature and scope, as well as whether any consumer information was compromised as a result. This investigation concluded on February 18, 2022, and confirmed that between the dates of March 31, 2021 and August 24, 2021, the affected email accounts were accessible to the unauthorized party.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Citadel Servicing then reviewed the affected email accounts to determine what information was compromised. On March 22, 2022, Citadel Servicing began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Citadel Servicing Corp. is the parent company of Acra Lending, a mortgage company focusing on non-qualified mortgages. Non-qualified mortgages are those that do not meet the lending criteria provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Citadel Servicing then takes over servicing the loans after origination. The company is based in Lake Forest, CA, and employs roughly 340 people. Citadel Servicing Corp. generates more than $66 million in annual revenue.
When you allowed Acra Lending access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Acra Lending data breach raises some very serious questions about the company’s data security measures and whether the company could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all businesses have a legal obligation to protect consumer information in their possession. Although creating and maintaining a data security system is costly, this is a necessary expense given the frequency with which cyberattacks occur.
Consumers whose personal, identifying, financial or healthcare-related data was compromised in a data breach can pursue legal action against a company that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the Citadel Servicing breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Acra Lending was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Citadel Servicing security breach to determine the potential legal remedies of those affected.
If you have questions about your ability to pursue a data breach class action lawsuit against Acra Lending, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Acra Lending in the coming weeks, it means your personal data was among that which was compromised in the recent cyberattack. It also means a cybercriminal may have had access to—and may have stolen—your personal data. Given the risks involved, it is important you remain vigilant by taking the following steps:
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 Acra Lending 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.