Posted On February 17, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
February 17, 2022 – Recently, Extend Fertility announced that certain patients’ protected health information and other sensitive personal data were compromised as a result of a ransomware attack. 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 Extend Fertility.
According to Extend Fertility, LLC, on December 20, 2021, the company learned that it was the victim of a “sophisticated ransomware incident” that targeted its computer servers. In response, Extend Fertility secured its network and enlisted the help of third-party experts to determine the nature and scope of the incident. On January 28, 2022, this investigation revealed that on or about December 15, 2021, an unauthorized party accessed and may have obtained some information from the company’s network.
The nature of the compromised information likely varies per patient and only involves data that a patient provided to the company. Extend Fertility notes that the breach may have affected the following information:
On February 16, 2022, Extend Fertility began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was contained in the affected files.
Extend Fertility is a healthcare company based in New York, New York. The company provides fertility treatment options, such as IVF, egg freezing and embryo freezing. Extend Fertility was founded in 2015 and, by 2017, was the largest egg-freezing practice in the country. The company distinguishes itself from other providers by offering patients a more personal and higher-quality experience.
When you allowed Extend Fertility access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Extend Fertility 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 Extend Fertility breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Extend Fertility was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Extend Fertility 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 Extend Fertility, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Extend Fertility 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 Extend Fertility 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.