Posted On March 9, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 9, 2022 – Recently, Wagstaff, Inc. announced that the company was targeted in a ransomware attack which exposed the sensitive information of some employees. It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Wagstaff understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Wagstaff 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 Wagstaff, Inc.
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 recent letter sent by Wagstaff to affected employees, on December 26, 2021, the company noticed that several of its computer systems were offline and certain files had been encrypted. Wagstaff also received a demand for payment. In response to the ransomware attack, the company disconnected its network and launched an investigation into the incident. As a result of the investigation, Wagstaff learned that some of the company’s files were accessible to the party orchestrating the cyberattack.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Wagstaff then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. On February 4, 2022, the company concluded its review of all files that were accessible to the unauthorized party. While the compromised information varies by employee, it may include affected employees’ names, addresses and Social Security numbers.
On or around March 3, 2022, Wagstaff began sending out data breach notification letters to all employees whose information was compromised.
Wagstaff, Inc. is an aluminum manufacturing and engineering company based in Spokane Valley, Washington. The company provides machinery, technology, and services that enable aluminum producers to turn molten aluminum into solid shapes. Wagstaff currently maintains two offices in the United States, in Spokane Valley, WA and Hebron, KY, as well as four offices globally. The company employs approximately 350 people and generates roughly $118 million in annual revenue.
When you allowed Wagstaff access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Wagstaff 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 employee 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 Wagstaff breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Wagstaff was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Wagstaff 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 Wagstaff, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Wagstaff 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 Wagstaff 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.