Posted On February 3, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
February 3, 2022 – Recently, Four B Corp. announced that the personal identifying information of approximately 14,639 individuals was compromised in a data breach. Our data breach attorneys are investigating this cybersecurity incident to determine if consumers could have the grounds for a data breach class action lawsuit.
The company recently reported that, on September 26, 2021, an unauthorized party gained access to certain files on its servers. A subsequent investigation revealed that the files may have contained the following information:
According to reports, Four B Corp. does not know which individuals’ information was actually accessed and cannot confirm that the unauthorized party retained any of the information.
However, anyone in receipt of a Four B Corp. data breach notification letter may now face an increased risk of identity theft and other financial losses. Attorneys are now investigating this recent cybersecurity incident to determine whether the company took the necessary steps to keep your data secure and whether those impacted by the breach can pursue a data breach class action lawsuit.
A data breach occurs when a hacker or other unauthorized party secretly gains access to sensitive consumer information stored on a company’s servers through some kind of cyberattack. Once a hacker obtains consumer data, they may use the information to commit identity theft or for other criminal purposes. Sometimes hackers will sell the data they obtain through a cyberattack to the highest bidder.
No one can tell with certainty why a hacker targeted your data in a data breach or what they plan to do with it, but the fact that your sensitive information is in the hands of an unauthorized party puts you at a greater risk of identity theft.
As consumers, we all provide personal data to companies for a variety of reasons. We trust these companies to protect our private data and keep this information secure. Unfortunately, data breaches happen frequently.
Attorneys are investigating data events like this security breach to determine the legal rights of consumers who trusted corporations with their sensitive information. Often, hackers target companies that rely on outdated or otherwise inadequate data-security measures. If it is determined that Four B Corp. did, in fact, fail to properly protect consumers’ data in some way, the individuals affected may be eligible to pursue compensation for their financial losses.
If you received a data breach letter from the company that experienced a security incident, it means that an unauthorized person—likely a criminal—may have accessed, viewed, and retained your personal information. While the company cannot know why the third party sought out your information and what they plan to do with it, the situation justifies a certain level of precaution on your part.
Below are a few ways to protect yourself from identity theft and the other possible financial risks that can stem from a data breach:
To protect and preserve their legal rights, it is highly recommended that individuals who received notice that their data may have been compromised immediately reach out to an experienced data breach attorney.
Companies have an ethical and legal duty to protect consumers’ personal identifying information. While developing and implementing a comprehensive and up-to-date data-security system is costly, this is a necessary cost of doing business in an environment where cyberattacks and data breaches are common.
Data breach laws are complex, and just because your information may have been accessed while in Four B Corp.’s care doesn’t necessarily make this company legally responsible. However, if a company fails to take appropriate actions to protect consumers’ sensitive information, it may face liability through a data breach class action lawsuit.
If you received a data breach notification letter, it is important that you not only protect yourself from possible fraud but also preserve your legal rights by speaking to a data breach attorney. Consumer privacy lawyers are undertaking investigations in legal matters involving all types of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and cyberattacks on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Find a copy of the data breach letter here.
Notice of Data Breach
We are writing in order to inform you of an incident that may have exposed some of your personal information. We take the privacy of your personal information seriously and want to provide you with information and resources you can use to protect your information. This letter contains information about the incident and information about how to protect your personal information going forward.
What Happened and What Information was Involved:
On September 26, 2021, Four B Corp. (“Balls Foods”) detected and stopped a network security incident. An unauthorized third-party infiltrated our network and encrypted some of our data. We immediately shut off all access to the network and engaged specialized third-party forensic and technical resources to respond to the incident. Balls Foods has secured and remediated its network and the data that we maintain.
Once our environment was secure, we immediately initiated a comprehensive investigation into the cause and extent of the unauthorized activity. Although we have found no evidence that your information has been specifically misused as a result of the compromise, an investigation of the incident revealed that your following information may have been exposed to the unauthorized party during the compromise: name, mailing address, date of birth, and social security number.
As of this writing, Balls Foods has not received any reports of related identity theft since the date of the incident.
What We Are Doing:
Upon detecting this incident, we moved quickly to initiate our incident response, which included fully securing and remediating our network and the data that we maintain. We conducted an investigation with the assistance of third-party forensic specialists, and have reported this matter to law enforcement. We have reviewed and altered our tools, policies, and procedures relating to the security of our systems and servers, as well as our information life cycle management.
We have also secured free credit monitoring services for all affected individuals, as set forth in full below.