Posted On March 25, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 25, 2022 – Recently, First Financial Merchant Services, LLC d/b/a Payscape, which also uses the name Payroc, announced a data breach resulting from an unauthorized party accessing the company’s computer systems.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from First Financial Merchant Services understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the First Financial Merchant Services 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 First Financial Merchant Services.
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.
In 2020, First Financial Merchant Services merged with Billing Orchard, LLC. According to an official filing by the company, First Financial learned that an unauthorized party accessed a legacy computer system originally belonging to Billing Orchard, LLC. In response, the company secured its network and investigated the incident. This investigation revealed that there was unauthorized access to the Blue Orchard system between May 2017 and May 2019.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, First Financial Merchant Services then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. The company then confirmed that the unauthorized party was able to access certain customers’ names, debit card numbers and credit card numbers, including expiration dates.
Subsequently, First Financial Merchant Services began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
First Financial Merchant Services, LLC operates a payment processing business known as Payscape or Payroc. The company operates online, as well as through brick-and-mortar locations in the United States and globally. United States Payroc offices are located in Atlanta, Georgia; Farmington, Utah; Des Plaines, Illinois; Lakewood Ranch, Florida; Munster, Indiana; and Whitefish, Montana. The company is based in Tinley Park, Illinois and generates approximately $265 million in annual revenue.
When you allowed Payscape access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Payscape 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 First Financial Merchant Services breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Payscape was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the First Financial Merchant Services 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 Payscape, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Payscape 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 Payroc 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.