Posted On March 30, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 30, 2022 – Recently, cloud-hosting service provider, Cloudstar, announced that the company fell victim to a ransomware account. As a result, the sensitive data belonging to many of the customers of Cloudstar’s clients was compromised.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Cloudstar understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Cloudstar 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 Cloudstar.
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 a notice posted on the company’s website, on July 16, 2021, Cloudstar began experiencing “a service interruption” impacting many of the company’s business clients. On July 18, 2021, Cloudstar confirmed that the incident was related to a ransomware attack. Over the course of the following months, Cloudstar worked to restore its systems. However, whether any consumer data was available to the hackers orchestrating the attack remains an open question.
Cloudstar has not yet issued a data breach letter explaining the impact of the ransomware attack or the effect it had on the data of its client’s customers. However, several Cloudstar customers have cited the Cloudstar breach in letters to their customers, explaining that it exposed their personal and sensitive information to unauthorized access.
Cloudstar is a cloud hosting service provider based in Jacksonville, Florida. The company provides various IT security and consulting services on behalf of its business clients, as well as cloud backup services. Cloudstar specializes in serving clients in regulated industries, such as law firms, title companies, mortgage companies and healthcare providers. Cloudstar is owned by the holding company Keystone Management Group, LLC, which also owns several other companies, including Mortgage Phish, Diologix and Teletonix Communications. Keystone Management Group has approximately 23 employees and generates roughly $11 million in annual revenue.
When you allowed Cloudstar access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Cloudstar 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 Cloudstar breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Cloudstar was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Cloudstar 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 Cloudstar, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Cloudstar in the coming weeks, it means your personal data 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 Cloudstar 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.