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Posted On January 28, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches

Data Breach Alert: Grandizio Wilkins Little & Matthews, LLP

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Grandizio Wilkins Little & Matthews, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.

 

Data Breach AlertJanuary 28, 2022 – Recently, Grandizio Wilkins Little & Matthews, LLP announced that the personal, identifying, financial, and health information of approximately 18,515 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.

What to Know About the Grandizio Wilkins Little & Matthews, LLP Data Breach

The company recently reported that, on June 7, 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:

  • Names
  • Social Security numbers
  • Financial account information
  • Payment card information
  • Medical information
  • Drivers license information

According to reports, Grandizio Wilkins Little & Matthews, LLP 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 Grandizio Wilkins Little & Matthews, LLP 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.

What Is a Data Breach?

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 Grandizio Wilkins Little & Matthews, LLP 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.

What Can You Do After a Data Breach?

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:

    1. Carefully read the data breach letter to determine what information of yours was accessible;
    2. Make a copy of the letter for your records;
    3. Enroll in the free credit monitoring service provided to you (you will need information contained in the data breach letter to do this);
    4. Change all your passwords and security questions for any online accounts;
    5. Enable two-factor authentication, where it is available;
    6. Regularly review your credit card and bank account statements for any signs of suspicious activity;
    7. Monitor your credit report for any unexpected changes that may be a sign of identity theft;
    8. Contact one of the major credit bureaus to request they add a fraud alert to your profile; and
    9. Notify your banks and credit card companies of the 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.

Data Breach Lawyers Are Investigating This Security Incident and the Potential for a Data Breach Class Action

Companies have an ethical and legal duty to protect consumers’ personal, identifying, financial, and health 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 Grandizio Wilkins Little & Matthews, LLP’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.

At Console & Associates, P.C., our data breach lawyers are actively investigating the Grandizio Wilkins Little & Matthews, LLP data breach to determine what legal remedies, if any, affected parties have. If evidence emerges that the company mishandled your data leading up to the data breach or chose not to maintain adequate security measures, you may be eligible for financial compensation 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.

Dear [RECIPIENT],

I am writing to inform you of a data security incident experienced by Grandizio Wilkins Little & Matthews, LLP (“GWLM”) that involved your personal information. We take the privacy and security of your personal information very seriously. This letter contains information about the incident and steps you can take to ensure your personal information is protected.

What Happened? On June 7, 2021, we discovered unauthorized access to a GWLM employee’s email account. Upon discovering this activity, we took steps to secure our email system and launched an investigation into the matter. We immediately engaged cybersecurity experts to determine if information had been affected. On December 17, 2021 at completion of our investigation, we learned that your information may have been involved in a data security incident. While at this time we still have no evidence that any information was accessed or misused, out of an abundance of caution we are providing identity theft protection to those whose information may have been in the affected systems.

What Information Was Involved? The files that may have been accessed by the unauthorized individual may have contained your name, Social Security Number, Medical Information, Drivers License Information, Financial Account Information, or Payment Card Information.

What Are We Doing? As soon as we discovered the incident, we took the steps described above. We have secured the services of IDX to provide credit and identity monitoring at no cost to you for <<12 / 24>> months. IDX is a global leader in risk mitigation and response, and its team has extensive experience helping people who have sustained an unintentional exposure of confidential data. The IDX services include credit monitoring; identity monitoring; $1 million in identity theft expense reimbursement insurance; and fraud prevention and resolution support.

To receive credit services, you must be over the age of 18, have established credit in the U.S., have a Social Security number in your name, and have a U.S. residential address associated with your credit file.

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Grandizio Wilkins Little & Matthews, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.