Posted On July 15, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
July 15, 2022 – Recently, Sixt Rent-a-Car, LLC (“Sixt,” “Sixt SE”) announced a data breach stemming from an April 2022 cyberattack. As a result of this data security incident, the names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, state identification card numbers, passport numbers (or other government-issued identification numbers), financial account numbers used for direct deposit, health insurance numbers, health information, and dates of birth were compromised. While Sixt did not confirm which individuals were impacted by the incident, based on the type of data leaked, it would appear that the breach affected employees and their dependents. On July 6, 2022, Sixt filed official notice of the breach and began sending out data breach letters to all affected parties.
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 Sixt 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 Sixt Rent-a-Car, LLC.
According to an official notice filed by the company, on April 29, 2022, Sixt SE detected “irregularities” within its network. In response, Sixt implemented the data security protocol it had in place and reports to have quickly shut down unauthorized access. However, a subsequent investigation by the company confirmed that the incident was a targeted cyberattack and that the unauthorized party was able to access employee information in the possession of Sixt.
Upon discovering that sensitive consumer data was accessible to an unauthorized party, Sixt SE then reviewed the affected files to determine exactly what information was compromised. While the breached information varies depending on the individual, it may include the following data types:
On July 6, 2022, Sixt SE sent out data breach letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Sixt Rent-a-Car, LLC is a rental car company based in Pullach, Germany. Sixt Rent-a-Car, LLC is operated by its parent company, Sixt SE. The company was founded in 1912 but only more recently began serving customers in the United States. As of 2021, the Sixt maintained a fleet of 245,000 vehicles. In addition to rental cars, the company also operates other related businesses, including Sixt share (car sharing), Sixt ride (ridesharing), and Sixt + (car subscription service). Sixt SE employs more than 7,000 people and generates approximately $2 billion in annual revenue.
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 Sixt 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.
Below is a copy of the initial data breach letter issued by Sixt Rent-a-Car, LLC (the actual notice sent to consumers can be found here):
Sixt SE IT security detected IT irregularities on April 29th, 2022. Response measures were implemented immediately in accordance with pre-planned security protocols. Subsequently, it has been confirmed that Sixt SE was subject to a cyber-attack, which Sixt was able to contain at an early stage.
As a standard precautionary measure, access to IT systems was immediately restricted and the pre-planned recovery processes were initiated. Many central Sixt systems, in particular the website and apps were kept up and running. Thereby, impacts on the company, its operations and services have been minimized to provide business continuity for customers. However, temporary disruptions, in particular in customer care centers and selective branches, are likely to occur in the short term.
Nevertheless, Sixt is taking this incident seriously and has implemented a thorough investigation with internal and external experts.
Sixt will provide further updates as soon as more information is available and asks customers for their understanding and patience.