Posted On February 14, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
February 14, 2022 – Recently, Ethos Technologies, Inc. (“Ethos”) announced that the company’s computer system was targeted in a “sophisticated attack,” resulting in the names and driver’s license numbers of more than 13,000 consumers being exposed. Those impacted by a data breach should be sure they understand what happened, what their rights are, and how they can pursue them. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating this security breach. As a part of the investigative process, our attorneys will be interviewing any victims of the breach to determine what harm was caused and whether they are eligible to bring a data breach class action lawsuit against Ethos Technologies.
According to an official filing by the company, on January 22, 2022, Ethos learned that the online system it uses to write life insurance policies was targeted in a sophisticated cyberattack. The company investigated the incident, learning that an unauthorized party may have been able to obtain certain consumers’ driver’s license numbers between July 15, 2021 and January 12, 2022. However, to access this information, the unauthorized party would need to have already obtained a consumer’s name, address, date of birth, and state of issuance. Ethos notes that none of this information was available to the unauthorized party through its computer system, meaning the hacker would have needed to obtain it through another source.
On February 11, 2022, Ethos Technologies began sending out data breach notification letters to those where were affected by the breach.
Ethos Technologies is a technology company focused on making it easier for consumers to purchase life insurance policies. Ethos offers a new approach to shopping for life insurance, eliminating some of the common barriers that prevent many consumers from purchasing policies. Ethos Technologies, Inc. is based in San Francisco, California and operates in some states as Ethos Life Insurance Services.
When you allowed Ethos Technologies access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Ethos Technologies 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 failed to adequately protect their information. However, the investigation into the Ethos Technologies breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Ethos Technologies was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Ethos Technologies 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 Ethos Technologies, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Ethos Technologies 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 Ethos Technologies 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.