Posted On February 18, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
February 18, 2022 – Sacramento County, CA, recently announced it was the victim of a “malicious phishing campaign” involving an unauthorized party using emails designed to trick county employees into revealing sensitive login credentials. As a result of the cyberattack, the personal and protected health information (“PHI”) information of certain individuals was 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 Sacramento County.
Cyberattacks such as this one are increasingly common in today’s society. In fact, the Identity Theft Resource Center reports that the number of reported data breaches between 2020 and 2021 climbed from 1,108 to 1,862; an increase of 68%. Approximately 80% of these breaches involved sensitive consumer information.
When a hacker breaches a computer system, they can steal sensitive consumer information from the compromised systems. While there is no guarantee that this information will be used for criminal purposes, that is not an uncommon occurrence. Thus, as a matter of course, after an organization experiences a data breach, they will inform anyone whose information was compromised. Despite the risks data breaches present, many consumers fail to take precautionary measures to protect themselves from identity theft and other frauds.
When you allowed Sacramento County access to your personal data, you trusted the government to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Sacramento County data breach raises some very serious questions about the government’s data security measures and whether more could have been done to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Local government entities 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 failed to adequately protect their information. However, the investigation into the Sacramento County breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if the local government was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Sacramento County 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 Sacramento County, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Sacramento County 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:
According to a statement from a Sacramento County representative, on June 22, 2021, several employees were the target of a “malicious phishing campaign” conducted by an unauthorized party. The cyberattack was designed to get the employees to provide their credentials to the unauthorized party. Five employees provided their login credentials.
Sacramento County conducted a follow-up investigation to determine the extent of the compromise information. And on, November 17, 2021, the county government confirmed that the breach resulted in “the exposure of 2,096 protected health information and 816 Personal Identifiable Information records.”
In response, Sacramento County began sending out data breach notifications on January 21, 2022.
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 Sac County, CA 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.