Posted On March 29, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 29, 2022 – Recently, Marten Transport, Ltd. announced that an unauthorized party accessed and downloaded certain files from the company’s network containing sensitive consumer information.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Marten Transport understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Marten Transport 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 Marten Transport.
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 an official filing by the company, on around October 3, 2021, Marten Transport discovered suspicious activity on some of its computer systems. In response, the company began an investigation to learn more about the nature and scope of the incident. This investigation revealed that between September 30, 2021 and October 4, 2021, the unauthorized party was able to access and download certain files from the compromised system.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Marten Transport then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was accessible to the unauthorized party. The company completed this review on March 8, 2022. While the compromised information varies based on the individual, it may include your name, address, Social Security number, and driver’s license number.
On October 27, 2021, Marten Transport began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident. The company then sent additional notices to affected parties on March 25, 2022.
Originally founded in 1946 as a dairy-delivery business, Marten Transport, Ltd. is now one of the largest trucking companies in the United States. The company provides a wide range of transportation services across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Marten Transport, Ltd. employs more than 4,000 people and generates approximately $973 in annual revenue.
When you allowed Marten access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Marten 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 Marten Transport breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Marten was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Marten Transport 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 Marten, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Marten 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 Marten 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.