Posted On March 24, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 24, 2022 – Recently, Ultimate Care, Inc. announced that the company was the target of a phishing campaign resulting in the sensitive information of as many as 15,788 patients becoming compromised.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Ultimate Care understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Ultimate Care 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 Ultimate Care.
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 a notice posted on the company’s website, Ultimate Care discovered that an unauthorized party was able to gain access to certain employee email accounts through a phishing attack. In response, the company secured all affected email accounts and began investigating the incident. On December 23, 2021, Ultimate Care determined that the unauthorized party had access to the employees’ email accounts between April 7, 2021 and June 2, 2021.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Ultimate Care then reviewed the files in each of the employees’ email accounts to determine what information was compromised. While the compromised information varies by consumer, it may include your full name, Social Security number, driver’s license number, passport number, date of birth, financial account information, credit or debit card information, medical information, health insurance policy information, and usernames and passwords.
On February 23, 2022, Ultimate Care began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Ultimate Care, Inc. is a provider of home healthcare services to residents of New York. The company is based in Brooklyn but also has offices in the Bronx and Queens. Ultimate Care provides its customers with a variety of services, including companion care, daily living assistance, personal hygiene care, and registered nursing care. The company currently employs approximately 500 people and generates over $1 million in annual revenue.
When you allowed Ultimate Care access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Ultimate Care 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 Ultimate Care breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Ultimate Care was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Ultimate Care 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 Ultimate Care, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Ultimate Care 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 Ultimate Care 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.
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