Posted On March 31, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 31, 2022 – Recently, Law Enforcement Health Benefits Inc. (“LEHB”) announced that the organization was the victim of a ransomware attack, resulting in the sensitive information of as many as 85,282 current and former members being compromised.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Law Enforcement Health Benefits understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Law Enforcement Health Benefits 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 Law Enforcement Health Benefits, Inc.
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 a notice posted on the organization’s site, on September 14, 2021, LEHB discovered that certain files on its network were encrypted with a ransomware program. In response, the organization investigated the incident to determine whether any member information was leaked as a result. On February 25, 2022, LEHB confirmed that some files containing personal information may have been removed from the LEHB network.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Law Enforcement Health Benefits then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. While the compromised information varies based on the individual, it may include your name, date of birth, Social Security number, driver’s license number, financial account numbers, health insurance information, and medical information, including your medical record number, patient account number, and diagnosis and treatment information.
On March 28, 2022, Law Enforcement Health Benefits began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Law Enforcement Health Benefits, Inc. is a non-profit insurance agency serving as the health and welfare fund for Philadelphia police officers and sheriffs. The organization covers active and retired officers, as well as their spouses, connecting them with a variety of benefits such as healthcare, vision, and dental. Law Enforcement Health Benefits, Inc. is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and employs approximately 40 people.
When you allowed LEHB access to your personal data, you trusted the organization to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the LEHB 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 Law Enforcement Health Benefits breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if LEHB was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Law Enforcement Health Benefits 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 LEHB, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from LEHB 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 LEHB 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.