Posted On March 28, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 28, 2022 – Recently, Fessenden Hall, Inc. announced a data security event resulting in certain consumers’ sensitive information being exposed.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Fessenden Hall understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Fessenden Hall 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 Fessenden Hall.
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 an official filing by the company, in October 2021, Fessenden Hall noticed suspicious activity on some of its computer systems. In response, the company disconnected the affected systems from its network and launched an investigation into the incident. The investigation confirmed that an unauthorized party gained access to the company’s network.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Fessenden Hall then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. The company completed this review on January 6, 2022. Then, Fessenden Hall worked to identify and locate the addresses of all affected parties. This review was completed on March 8, 2022.
On March 24, 2022, Fessenden Hall began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Founded in 1890, Fessenden Hall is a long-time distributor of cabinet components, millwork and countertop materials. The company is based in Pennsauken, New Jersey, and has branches in West Caldwell, New Jersey; Dover, Delaware; and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Fessenden Hall employs approximately 130 people and generates annual revenue of roughly $25 million.
When you allowed Fessenden Hall access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Fessenden Hall 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 Fessenden Hall breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Fessenden Hall was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Fessenden Hall 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 Fessenden Hall, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Fessenden Hall 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 Fessenden Hall 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.