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Posted On June 28, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches

Data Breach Alert: Mason Tenders’ District Council Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund and Pension Fund

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Mason Tenders’ District Council Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund and Pension Fund, 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 AlertJune 28, 2022 – Recently, Mason Tenders’ District Council Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund and Pension Fund (“Mason Tenders’ District Council Funds,” “Mason Tenders”) filed official notice of a data breach with various state government entities. Based on the most recently available information, the Mason Tenders breach affected the names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of approximately 20,090 individuals. On June 22, 2022, Mason Tenders’ District Council Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund and Pension Fund sent “Notice of Data Breach” letters to all affected individuals.

If you received a data breach notification, it is essential you understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Mason Tenders data breach on behalf of people whose information was exposed. As a part of this 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 Mason Tenders’ District Council Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund and Pension Fund.

What We Know So Far About the Mason Tenders’ District Council Funds Breach

According to an official notice filed by the organization, on April 17, 2022, Mason Tenders became aware of suspicious activity on certain IT systems. In response, the organization enlisted the assistance of third-party cybersecurity professionals to conduct an investigation into the incident. This investigation confirmed that an unauthorized party or parties gained access to the Mason Tenders’ system on December 2, 2021 until the organization was able to halt all access on April 18, 2022. Mason Tenders also learned that while the unauthorized user(s) were on the network, they had the ability to access certain directories.

After learning that sensitive consumer data may have been accessible to an unauthorized party, Mason Tenders’ District Council Funds then reviewed the affected files to determine whether any fund participants or their dependents were affected and, if so, what information was leaked. While the breached information varies depending on the individual, it may include your name, Social Security number and date of birth.

On June 22, 2022, Mason Tenders’ District Council Funds sent out data breach letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.

More Information About Mason Tenders’ District Council Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund and Pension Fund

The Mason Tenders’ District Council of Greater New York and Long Island is a labor organization based in New York, New York. Mason Tenders has nearly 15,000 members, including construction workers, asbestos and hazardous materials handlers, Catholic High School teachers, and recycling and waste handlers. The Mason Tenders’ District Council Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund and Pension Fund are various benefit funds provided to members.

If You Have Questions About Your Rights Following the Mason Tenders’ District Council Funds Data Breach, Console & Associates, P.C. Can Help

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 Mason Tenders 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.

To schedule your free consultation, just call (866) 778-5500 today or fill out our secure contact form.

Below is a copy of the initial data breach letter issued by Mason Tenders’ District Council Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund and Pension Fund (the actual notice sent to consumers can be found here):

Dear [Redacted],

The Mason Tenders’ District Council Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund and Pension Fund (collectively the “Funds”) write to notify you of a data security incident that may have involved some of your personal information. This letter provides details of the incident, the measures we have taken, and steps you may consider taking to help protect against possible misuse of your personal information.

What Happened? On April 17, 2022, the Funds became aware of suspicious activity related to certain of the Funds’ computer systems. The Funds immediately launched an investigation, with the assistance of third-party forensic specialists, to determine the nature and scope of the activity. The Funds’ investigation determined that there was unauthorized access to certain computer systems between December 2, 2021 to April 18, 2022. While on the computer network, the unauthorized actor had the ability to access certain directories stored in the network. Therefore, the Funds undertook a comprehensive review of the contents of the directories to determine what, if any, sensitive information was contained within them and to whom the information related. On June 14, 2022, the Funds’ review determined that the directories contained certain information related to you.

What Information Was Involved? The following information related to you was present in the computer system directories at the time of the incident: [Redacted]. We have no evidence to suggest the actual or attempted misuse of this information.

What are the Funds Doing? Maintaining the confidentiality, privacy, and security of information in our care is one of the Funds’ highest priorities. Upon discovery of the suspicious activity, we immediately commenced an investigation to confirm the nature and scope of the incident and to identify what information may have been present in the affected systems. We are also taking steps to enhance our existing security protocols and are reviewing our policies and procedures related to data privacy and security.

Although we are unaware of any actual or attempted misuse of information as a result of this incident, the Funds are providing you with access to [Redacted] months of credit monitoring and identity protection services through Equifax at no cost to you. A description of services and instructions on how to enroll can be found within the enclosed Steps You Can Take to Help Protect Personal Information. Please note that you must complete the enrollment process yourself, as we are not permitted to enroll you in these services.

What You Can Do? You can review the enclosed Steps You Can Take to Help Protect Personal Information and enroll to receive the free credit monitoring and identity protection services being offered through Equifax. We also encourage you to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud, to review your statements for your various accounts, and to monitor your credit reports for any unauthorized or suspicious activity. If you see activity that you did not authorize, contact the credit bureau reporting the activity immediately.

For More Information. We understand you may have questions about this incident that are not addressed in this letter. If you have questions, please call 855-919-4498, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You may also write to the Funds at 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 600, New York, NY 10018-4196.

The Funds take this incident very seriously and we regret any inconvenience or concern this incident may cause you.

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Mason Tenders’ District Council Welfare Fund, Annuity Fund and Pension Fund, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.