Posted On February 28, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
February 28, 2022 – Recently, St. Augustine College announced a data security incident compromising the names and Social Security numbers of certain individuals. 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 St. Augustine College.
According to an official filing by the college’s lawyers, on August 7, 2021, St. Augustine College detected suspicious activity on its computer system. In response, the school launched an internal investigation to learn more about the nature and scope of the incident. The investigation revealed that an unauthorized user may have accessed or obtained certain files from St. Augustine College’s servers.
Upon confirming that a data breach occurred, St. Augustine College then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. On February 1, 2022, St. Augustine College confirmed that the names and Social Security numbers of affected parties were accessible to and many have been accessed by the unauthorized party. The St. Augustine data breach is believed to have impacted as many as 13,263 individuals.
On February 24, St. Augustine College began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was contained in the affected files.
St. Augustine College (“St. Augustine”) is a private college with five locations in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1980, St. Augustine was Illinois’ first bilingual institution for higher learning. The school offers 19 different degrees through its School of STEAM, School of Education, and School of Healthcare and Social Science. St. Augustine College’s student body is made up of approximately 1,000 students.
When you allowed St. Augustine access to your personal data, you trusted the school to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the St. Augustine data breach raises some very serious questions about the school’s data security measures and whether it 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 an organization that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the St. Augustine College breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if St. Augustine was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the St. Augustine College 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 St. Augustine, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from St. Augustine 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 St. Augustine 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.