Posted On February 21, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
February 21, 2022 – Recently, JMA Energy Company, LLC (“JMA Energy”) announced that the company was the victim of a malware attack resulting in the sensitive information of as many as 13, 843 individuals being compromised. Those impacted by a data breach should be sure they understand what happened, what their rights are, and how they can pursue them. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating this security breach. As a part of the investigative process, our attorneys will be interviewing any victims of the breach to determine what harm was caused and whether they are eligible to bring a data breach class action lawsuit against JMA Energy.
According to a letter sent by JMA Energy to affected consumers, on December 6, 2021, the company learned that it was the target of a “sophisticated cyber incident attack” involving the installation of malware on its servers. In response, JMA energy launched an internal investigation with the assistance of independent third-party forensic experts. While the company’s investigation is ongoing, JMA Energy recently confirmed that certain information in its possession “may have been accessed, copied, or otherwise used by the attacker.”
On January 14, 2022, JMA Energy determined that the information involved may include consumers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, tax ID numbers, banking and other financial information. The JMA Energy data breach is believed to have impacted as many as 13,843 individuals.
Around February 23, 2022, JMA Energy will begin sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was contained in the affected files.
JMA Energy Company, Inc. is an independent oil and gas company based in Oklahoma City, OK. The company is primarily focused in Oklahoma and the Mid-Continent region. JMA Energy operates over 200 oil and natural gas wells and owns an interest in an additional 2,000 wells. The company employs about 50 people and generates over $28 million in annual sales.
When you allowed JMA Energy access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the JMA Energy data breach raises some very serious questions about the company’s data security measures and whether the company could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all businesses 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 a company that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the JMA Energy breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if JMA Energy was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the JMA Energy 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 JMA Energy, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from JMA Energy in the coming weeks, it means your personal data was among that which 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 JMA Energy 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.