Posted On February 24, 2022 Personal Injury
February 24, 2022 – Recently, First National Bank of Hughes Springs (“First National Bank” “FNBHS”) announced that an unauthorized party was able to access certain employee email accounts, resulting in the personal and financial account information of as many as 17,812 consumers being compromised. 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 First National Bank of Hughes Springs.
According to an official filing by the company, the First National Bank of Hughes Springs recently discovered suspicious activity relating to certain employee email accounts. In response, the company launched an internal investigation to determine the nature and scope of the incident. Through this investigation, the First National Bank of Hughes Springs learned that between June 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021, an unauthorized party was able to access the affected email accounts.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, First National Bank of Hughes Springs then reviewed the affected email accounts to determine what consumer information was accessible to the unauthorized party. While the compromised information varies based on the individual, it may include a person’s name, address, Social Security number and financial account information.
Around February 23, 2022, First National Bank of Hughes Springs began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was contained in the affected files.
First National Bank of Hughes Springs is a family-owned bank based in Hughes Springs, Texas. The bank has been in operation since 1903, and now has 16 locations across Texas. The First National Bank of Hughes Springs offers its customers a range of financial accounts and loans, including checking accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit, retirement accounts and safe deposit boxes.
When you allowed First National Bank access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the First National Bank 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 National Bank of Hughes Springs breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if First National Bank was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the First National Bank of Hughes Springs 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 First National Bank, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from First National Bank 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 First National Bank 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.