Posted On April 1, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
April 1, 2022 – Recently, Youth Consultation Services (“YCS”) reported a data breach after an unauthorized party was able to access—and possibly remove—files from the organization’s network. As a result, the personal information of certain individuals to whom the organization provided services was compromised.
It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Youth Consultation Services understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Youth Consultation Services 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 Youth Consultation Services.
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 organization’s website, on May 21, 2021, YCS discovered that the YCS Foundation computer system was inaccessible. In response, the organization looked into the incident, learning that an unauthorized party was able to access certain files on its network between April 13, 2021 and May 21, 2021.
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Youth Consultation Services then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. On February 16, 2022, the organization completed its review of the files. While the compromised information varies based on the individual, it may include your name, contact information, Social Security number, driver’s license number, state identification number, financial account information, medical history, diagnosis, and treatment information, physician information, prescription medication information and health insurance information.
On March 28, 2022, Youth Consultation Services began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
Youth Consultation Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Newark, New Jersey. The organization provides services to New Jersey families who have children with special needs. YCS offers youth individualized educational, mental health and behavioral health programming. Youth Consultation Services was founded in 1918 and currently employs approximately 1,500 people.
When you allowed YCS access to your personal data, you trusted the organization to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the YCS data breach raises some very serious questions about the organization’s data security measures and whether it could have done more 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 Youth Consultation Services breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if YCS was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Youth Consultation Services 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 YCS, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from YCS in the coming weeks, it means your personal data 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 YCS 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.