Posted On March 29, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 29, 2022 – Recently, Cytometry Specialists, Inc. d/b/a CSI Laboratories (“CSI” “CSI Labs”) announced that the firm was the victim of a cyberattack, resulting in patient information being compromised.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Cytometry Specialists understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Cytometry Specialists 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 Cytometry Specialists.
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 February 12, 2022, Cytometry Labs discovered it was the recent target of a cyberattack. In response, the company secured its systems and opened an investigation into the incident. On February 25, 2022, Cytometry Labs confirmed that an unauthorized party was able to obtain certain files from the company’s computer systems, including some documents containing patient information.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Cytometry Specialists then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. While the compromised information varies based on the patient, it may include your name, date of birth, address, medical record number, health insurance information, and case number, which is a unique identifier used in lieu of your name to identify a testing sample.
In the future, Cytometry Specialists may send out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Founded in 1998, Cytometry Specialists, Inc. is a national cancer testing laboratory based in Alpharetta, Georgia. The company, which does business under the name Cytometry Laboratories or CSI Labs, performs a wide range of cancer diagnostic tests including genetics, histology, and molecular diagnostics. In 2019, CSI opened a second lab in Jupiter, FL. In 2021, Cytometry Specialists was acquired by Fulgent Genetics.
When you allowed CSI access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the CSI 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 patient 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.
Patients 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 Cytometry Specialists breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if CSI was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Cytometry Specialists 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 CSI, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from CSI 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 CSI 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.