Posted On February 17, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
February 17, 2022 – Recently, Warehouse Specialists, Inc. announced that the company was targeted in a cyberattack, resulting in the personal data of certain current and former employees being compromised. 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 Warehouse Specialists.
Warehouse Specialists is a privately-held logistics company based in Appleton, Wisconsin. The company provides a range of logistics and warehousing services to corporate clients, focusing on discovering hidden efficiencies in the supply-chain process. Warehouse Specialists, Inc. is a subsidiary of WSI Supply Chain Solutions, which oversees the operation of several other companies, including Material Logistics & Services, LLC (MLS), Fulfillment Specialists of America, Inc. (FSA), American Warehouse, LLC, WSI Transportation, LLC, and WSI Freight Solutions.
According to a letter from WSI, Inc., on December 10, 2020, the company learned that an unauthorized party encrypted certain files on its computer network. In response, WSI initiated an internal investigation into the cyberthreat, confirming that certain data pertaining to current and former employees was among that which was accessible to the unauthorized party.
While WSI states that it has no reason to believe the unauthorized party misused any of the compromised data, the situation is concerning as it involves affected parties’ names, addresses, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, dates of birth, passport numbers, and payroll information, which includes their account number, tax information and tax ID number. The company notes that the “exact nature and extent of the personal information impacted may vary by individual.
On February 9, 2022, Warehouse Specialists, Inc. began sending out data breach notification letters to affected parties.
When you allowed Warehouse Specialists access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Warehouse Specialists 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 Warehouse Specialists, Inc. breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Warehouse Specialists was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Warehouse Specialists 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 Warehouse Specialists, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Warehouse Specialists 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 Warehouse Specialists 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.