Posted On August 8, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
On August 5, 2022, Gibson Overseas, Inc. (“Gibson Homewares”) reported a data breach stemming from an incident in which an unauthorized party gained access to the company’s computer network. Based on an official filing from the company, the incident resulted in an unauthorized party gaining access to the names and Social Security numbers of certain individuals. After confirming that consumer data was leaked, Gibson 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 Gibson 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 Gibson Overseas, Inc.
According to an official notice filed by the company, on March 25, 2022, Gibson Homewares learned of a security incident that impacted the availability and functionality of its computer network. In response, the company contacted a cybersecurity firm and began an investigation into the incident. Gibson also secured its computer system to ensure there was no longer the possibility that an unauthorized party had access.
The company’s investigation revealed that an unauthorized user was able to access and copy certain files contained on the Gibson network and that some of these files contained sensitive consumer information. Upon discovering that sensitive consumer data was accessible to an unauthorized party, Gibson Homewares then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised and which consumers were impacted. While the breached information varies depending on the individual, it may include your name and Social Security number.
On August 5, 2022, Gibson Homewares sent out data breach letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Gibson Overseas, Inc. is a manufacturer and retailer of household goods based in Commerce, California. Specifically, the company deals in tabletop products such as cookware, coffee and tea accessories, glassware, dining ware, cutlery, serving ware, and kitchen tools and gadgets. Gibson sells its products under a variety of different brand names, including Gibson Home, Gibson Elite, Martha Stewart and Babish, Wanda June, GAP, Peanuts, Mr. Coffee, Crockpot, Kenmore, Oster and Laurie Gates. Gibson Homewares employs more than 430 people and generates approximately $334 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 Gibson 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 Gibson Overseas, Inc. (the actual notice sent to consumers can be found here):
Gibson Overseas, Inc. (Gibson) understands the importance of protecting information. We are writing to let you know of an incident that involved some of your information. This letter explains the incident, measures we have taken, and additional steps you may consider taking in response.
We identified a security incident which impacted the availability and functionality of our computer systems on March 25, 2022. We immediately began to investigate, a cybersecurity firm was engaged, and measures were taken to address the incident and restore operations. We also notified law enforcement. Findings from the investigation indicated that an unauthorized party obtained copies of certain files from our network. We completed a careful review of the files involved on June 20, 2022.
What Information Was Involved?
Our review determined that the information in the files included your name and Social Security number.
What We Are Doing.
To prevent something like this from happening again, we have implemented additional measures to enhance our existing security protocols. Additionally, we are providing you with information on steps you can take to help protect your personal information and offering you identity monitoring and protection services through IDX, a data security and recovery services expert. Your complimentary IDX identity monitoring and protection services include credit and CyberScan monitoring, a $1,000,000.00 insurance reimbursement policy, and fully managed identity theft recovery services.
What You Can Do.
It is a best practice to remain vigilant by reviewing your account statements and credit reports for any unauthorized activity. We recommend that you immediately report any suspicious activity to your financial institution. We also encourage you to enroll the IDX identity monitoring and protection services.
For More Information
We regret that this incident occurred and apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please call 1-833- 903-3648, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.