Posted On August 5, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
August 5, 2022 – On August 1, 2022, Gage Brothers Concrete Products, Inc. reported a data breach after the company discovered that an unauthorized party had gained access to sensitive consumer information contained on its computer network. While Gage Brothers has not yet publicly disclosed the type of information that was leaked in the recent incident, state data breach reporting laws require companies to report any incident involving compromised Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank or credit card account numbers, or medical records. Thus, it is likely that the Southwestern breach involved one or more of these data types. After confirming that consumer data was leaked, Gage Bros. began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals who were impacted by the recent data security incident.
If you received a data breach notification, it is essential you understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Gage Bros. data breach on behalf of people whose information was exposed. As a part of this 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 Gage Brothers Concrete Products, Inc.
According to an official notice filed by the company, on June 13, 2022, Gage Brothers detected suspicious activity within its computer network. In response, the company secured its network and then reached out to third-party specialists to assist with an investigation. The company’s investigation revealed that certain files on the Gage Brothers’ system were accessible to an unauthorized party between June 8, 2022 and July 9, 2022.
Upon discovering that sensitive consumer data was accessible to an unauthorized party, Gage Brothers reviewed all affected files to determine what information was compromised and which consumers were impacted. Gage Brothers has not yet posted notice of the breach on its website, and the company’s official filings redact the specific data types that were leaked. However, because companies only need to report a data breach if it impacts Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank or credit card account numbers, or medical records, it is likely one or more of these were involved.
On August 1, 2022, Gage Brothers sent out data breach letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
More Information About Gage Brothers Concrete Products, Inc.
Founded in 1915, Gage Brothers Concrete Products, Inc. is a building materials company based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The company specializes in precast concrete products, such as wall panels, veneer panels, core slabs, double tees, and beams. Gage Brothers also assists clients with design planning services. Gage Brothers employs more than 308 people and generates approximately $62 million in annual revenue.
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 Gage Bros. 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.
Below is a copy of the initial data breach letter issued by Gage Brothers Concrete Products, Inc.:
Gage Brothers Concrete Products, Inc. (“Gage Brothers”) is writing to make you aware of an incident that may affect some of your personal information. We take this incident seriously and write to provide you with information about the incident, what we are doing in response, and the resources that we are making available to you to help protect your information, should you feel it is appropriate to do so.
What Happened? On June 13, 2022, Gage Brothers identified suspicious system activity. Upon discovering the activity, we immediately began an investigation with the assistance of third-party specialists to determine the nature and scope of the activity. Through the investigation, it has been determined that certain files on Gage Brothers systems may have been subject to unauthorized access between June 8, 2022 and June 9, 2022. As a result, Gage Brothers undertook a comprehensive analysis of the potentially impacted files in order to identify what information was contained within the files, and to whom that information belongs.
What Information Was Involved? While our investigation remains ongoing, on or about July 12, 2022, our review of the involved systems determined that the impacted files included information pertaining to certain current and former Gage Brothers employees and/or dependents. We are notifying you now because our investigation identified that your <<Data Elements>> and name may have been present within the impacted files, if you provided them to Gage Brothers.
What We Are Doing. We take this incident and the security of information within our care seriously. Upon discovery of this incident, we began an in-depth investigation with the assistance of third-party specialists to determine the full nature and scope of this incident. As part of our ongoing commitment to the privacy of information in our care, we are reviewing our existing policies and procedures and implementing additional safeguards to further secure the information in our systems as appropriate. We have also notified federal law enforcement and will notify relevant state regulatory authorities as required by law.
We are also notifying potentially affected individuals, including you, so that you may take further steps to protect your information, should you feel it is appropriate to do so. As an added precaution, we arranged to have Equifax provide credit monitoring services for <<CM Length>> at no cost to you. Instructions on how to enroll in these services are included with this letter.
What You Can Do. We encourage you to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud by reviewing your account statements and monitoring your free credit reports for suspicious activity and to detect errors. Please also review the information contained in the enclosed Steps You Can Take to Help Protect Your Information. You may also enroll in the complimentary identity credit monitoring services we are making available to you. Enrollment instructions are attached to this letter.
For More Information. We understand you may have additional questions not addressed by this letter. If you have questions, please call our dedicated assistance line at 844-209-0878 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays.