Posted On April 15, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
April 15, 2022 – Recently, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local # 5 (“IBEW”) announced a malware attack resulting in the sensitive information of certain members being compromised. On April 11, IBEW filed an official notice of the breach and began sending out data breach notification letters to all affected parties.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers data breach. As a part of our 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 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
In 2021, there were 1,862 data breaches affecting more than 189,000,000 individuals. Victims of identity theft spend, on average, 200 hours and more than $1,300 recovering their identity. Many of these victims also suffer credit damage, emotional distress, and may even end up with a criminal record. Taking immediate action is the best way to prevent the worst consequences of a data breach.
According to the April 11, 2022 data breach letter, on or around February 20, 2022, IBEW noticed suspicious activity on its computer network. In response, IBEW initiated an investigation into the incident, learning that its network had been infected with malware. The investigation also revealed that between December 29, 2021 and February 20, 2022, an unauthorized party had access to certain systems containing sensitive information.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised.
On April 11, 2022, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #5 began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is one of the largest labor unions in the United States. IBEW workers include those in the utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, and railroad industries, as well as some government employees. In total, IBEW has more than 750,000 members. IBEW #5 is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and serves the southwest portion of the state.
When you allowed IBEW access to your personal data, you trusted the union to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the IBEW data breach raises some very serious questions about the organization’s data security measures and whether it could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all organizations 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 an organization that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if IBEW was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 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 IBEW, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from IBEW in the coming weeks, it means your personal data 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 IBEW 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.