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Posted On March 23, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches

Data Breach Alert: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.


Data Breach AlertMarch 23, 2022 – Recently, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library announced that it experienced a data security incident compromising the names, Social Security numbers and financial account information of certain consumers.

It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Winterthur Museum understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Winterthur Museum 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 Winterthur Museum.

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.

What We Know So Far About the Winterthur Museum Breach

According to a letter composed by Winterthur Museum’s attorneys, on January 27, 2022, the museum experienced a disruption to certain computer systems on its network. In response, Winterthur Museum took the necessary steps to secure its network and then engaged in an investigation to determine whether any consumer information was compromised as a result. The investigation confirmed that an unauthorized party gained access to the museum’s systems on January 17, 2022, and accessed and potentially acquired certain files.

Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Winterthur Museum then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. While the compromised information varies by consumer, it may include your name, Social Security number and financial account information.

On around March 14, 2022, Winterthur Museum began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is a museum of American decorative arts, with a collection of nearly 90,000 pieces. The museum is contained in a 175-room home and is surrounded by 1,000 acres of protected meadows, woodlands, ponds, and waterways. The museum also features a 60-acre garden, designed by the museum’s founder, Henry Francis du Pont. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is located in Winterthur, Delaware, and generates annual revenue of approximately $32 million.

Can Consumers Whose Data Was Leaked Pursue Legal Action Against an Organization?

When you allowed Winterthur Museum access to your personal data, you trusted the organization to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Winterthur Museum data breach raises some very serious questions about its data security measures and whether more could have been done to prevent this type of cyber-attack.

Regardless of the industry, all organizations 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 Winterthur Museum breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Winterthur Museum was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Winterthur Museum 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 Winterthur Museum, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.

What to Do If You Received a Data Breach Notification from Winterthur Museum

If you receive a data breach notification from Winterthur Museum 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:

  1. Figure Out What Information Was Stolen: Carefully review the data breach letter sent by Winterthur Museum, keeping in mind the information you provided to the organization as well as the type of data that was compromised in the breach. You should also take a copy of the data breach letter and keep it for your records. Of course, data breach letters are not always easy to understand. A consumer privacy lawyer can help victims of a data breach understand what was compromised and how to protect themselves.
  2. Prevent the Hacker from Accessing Your Accounts: Once you determine the scope of the breach and how it affected you, you should take all steps to prevent cybercriminals from accessing your credit or financial accounts. For example, you should change all passwords and security questions for your online accounts. You should also consider setting up multi-factor authentication where it is available.
  3. Protect Your Credit and Your Financial Accounts: In the wake of a data breach, companies usually provide free credit monitoring services for a specified period of time. This is not a gimmick, and you do not give up any rights by taking an organization up on their offer. Additionally, you should contact one of the three main credit bureaus to request a copy of your credit report. Even if you do not notice any signs of fraud or unauthorized activity, it is a good idea to request a fraud alert. Fraud alerts are free and serve as a red flag to potential lenders and creditors that your information was compromised.
  4. Consider a Credit Freeze: A credit freeze prevents access to your credit report unless you specifically authorize it. Credit freezes are free and last until you remove them. While placing a credit freeze on your accounts may initially seem like a drastic measure, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (“ITRC”), doing so is the “single most effective way to prevent a new credit/financial account from being opened.” However, ITRC reports that just 3% of consumers whose information is leaked place a freeze on their accounts. Once a credit freeze is in place, you can temporarily lift the freeze if you need to apply for any type of credit.
  5. Regularly Monitor Your Credit Report and Financial Accounts: Protecting yourself in the wake of a data breach is not a one-time task. You should continually monitor your credit report and all financial accounts, keeping an eye out for any signs of unauthorized activity or fraud. You may also consider calling your banks and credit card companies to report the fact that your information was compromised in a data breach.

If You Have Questions About Your Rights Following the Winterthur Museum Data Breach, Console & Associates, P.C. Can Help

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 Winterthur Museum 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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NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.