Posted On March 30, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 30, 2022 – Recently, Sarku Japan announced that an unauthorized party was able to access the company’s network and access or remove sensitive information belonging to as many as 28,298 individuals.
It is essential for those who receive a data breach notification from Sarku Japan to understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Sarku Japan 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 Sarku Japan.
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 February 6, 2022, Sarku Japan learned that an unauthorized party was able to access certain portions of its computer network. In response, the company reviewed all affected files to determine whether any consumer information may have been compromised. The company completed its review of the files on February 10, 2022, and then confirmed that affected individuals’ names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers may have been accessible to the unauthorized party. The Sarku Japan breach is believed to have affected as many as 28,298 people.
On March 16, 2022, Sarku Japan began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Sarku Japan is a restaurant chain operating in malls and free-standing restaurants throughout the United States. The company currently operates more than 250 restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico and South America. The first Sarku Japan restaurant was opened in Boston, Massachusetts; however, the company is not based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The company employs more than 1,800 people and generates annual revenue of roughly $121 million.
When you allowed Sarku access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Sarku 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 Sarku Japan breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Sarku was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Sarku Japan 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 Sarku, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Sarku 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 Sarku 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.