Posted On June 2, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
June 2, 2022 – EMC National Life Company reported a data breach after the company was targeted in a recent cybersecurity attack. As a result of the breach, certain individuals’ identifiable personal information was compromised. Including full names and one or more of the following: Social Security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers (which may be identical to Social Security numbers), driver’s license numbers, financial account information, payment card information, dates of birth, and/or medical information. The EMC National Life data breach is believed to have impacted over 288,288 individuals. On April 8, 2022, EMC National Life 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 EMC National Life Company, 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 EMC National Life Company sent to individuals affected by the data breach:
We are writing with important information regarding a recent data security incident at EMC National Life Company. Ensuring the safety and security of the personal information entrusted to us is our highest priority and one we take seriously. We want to make you aware of the incident, the measures we have taken in response, and to provide details on proactive steps you may consider taking to help protect your information.
The Life Company recently detected potential unauthorized access to our network. Upon identification of the incident, we immediately took steps to contain the threat and launched an investigation with the support of third-party cybersecurity experts.
We also coordinated with law enforcement and the Iowa Insurance Division.
This incident was limited to the Life Company and did not impact EMC Insurance Companies.
The Life Company has taken steps, in coordination with third-party cybersecurity experts, to secure and ensure the safekeeping of the personal information to the best of our ability. We have no reason to believe any personal information will be misused as
a result of this incident.
What We Are Doing.
After an extensive forensic investigation and manual document review, we discovered on March 9, 2022 that certain accessed files containing your personal information were acquired from our network between December 28, 2021 and December 30, 2021.
We worked in coordination with our third-party cybersecurity experts to secure and ensure the safekeeping of the information and don’t have reason to believe it will be misused as a result of this incident. We are also continuing to work with third-party experts to further strengthen our cybersecurity defenses moving forward.
What Information Was Involved?
Based on our comprehensive investigation and document review, we discovered on March 9 2022 that certain identifiable personal information, including your full name and one or more of the following may have been acquired from our network in connection with this incident: [Redacted]
What You Can Do.
To date, we are not aware of any reports of identity fraud or improper use of your information as a direct result of this incident. Out of an abundance of caution, we wanted to make you aware of the incident, explain the services we are making available to help safeguard you against identity fraud, and suggest steps that you should take as well. To protect you from potential misuse of your information, we are offering a complimentary one-year membership of Experian IdentityWorksSM Credit 3B. This product helps detect possible misuse of your personal information and provides you with identity protection services focused on immediate identification and resolution of identity theft. IdentityWorks Credit 3B is completely free to you and enrolling in this program will not hurt your credit score. For more information on identity theft prevention and IdentityWorks Credit 3B, including instructions on how to activate your complimentary one-year membership, please see the additional information provided in this letter.
This letter also provides other precautionary measures you can take to protect your personal information, including placing a Fraud Alert and/or Security Freeze on your credit files, and/or obtaining a free credit report. Additionally, you should always
remain vigilant in reviewing your financial account statements and credit reports for fraudulent or irregular activity on a regular basis.
For More Information.
Please accept our apologies that this incident occurred. We are committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information in our possession and have taken many precautions to safeguard it. We will continually evaluate and modify our practices and
internal controls to enhance the security and privacy of your personal information.
If you have any further questions regarding this incident, please call our dedicated and confidential toll-free response line that we have set up at [Redacted]. This response line is staffed with professionals familiar with this incident and knowledgeable on what you can do to protect against misuse of your information. The response line is available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 9 pm Eastern Time.