Posted On May 20, 2023 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
May 20 – Reports that Gentex Corporation had fallen victim to a ransomware attack by the Dunghill ransomware group were verified by the corporation in May 2023. The hackers who carried out the attack claim to have stolen employees’ personal information, although Gentex has not yet made public a list of the data that was compromised. If Gentex verifies a data breach involving employee information, the company will start notifying those affected via letter.
Console & Associates, P.C.’s data breach lawyers are now looking into the Gentex Corporation data leak. We are providing free consultations to anyone who has received a breach notice and is curious about the dangers of identity theft and what they can do to protect themselves, as well as those who want to learn more about their legal options for seeking compensation from Gentex.
The Zeeland, Michigan-based Gentex Corporation produces and distributes cutting-edge electronic goods to the aerospace, automotive, and commercial fire protection markets. Automated assembly, glass processing and coatings, software design, microelectronics, vision systems, chemical research, and microphones are just some of Gentex’s many areas of expertise. The company’s primary offerings are camera-based driver assistance systems and rearview mirrors that automatically dim in low light. Since its founding in 1894, Gentex Corp. has grown to employ over 5,466 people and produce revenues of about $1.9 billion annually.
It was only recently reported that Gentex Corp. may have had a data breach, but what little is known about the situation comes from a variety of news stories and Twitter postings that detail a list of data that was reportedly stolen from the company’s network. Evidently, Gentex became a victim of the Dunghill ransomware group in April of 2023. And at first, Gentex didn’t even acknowledge the hacker’s assertions as real. Nonetheless, Gentex admitted to reporters in the middle of May 2023 that the business had fallen victim to a recent ransomware attack by the Dunghill ransomware group.
Gentex has not said whether the hack resulted in the disclosure of private employee information. However, a Twitter user claims to have obtained a list of data that was deleted from the Gentex server farm, and it apparently contains sensitive information on the company’s workers.
Since Gentex Corp. is likely still conducting an investigation into the issue, data breach notifications have not yet been distributed. However, the corporation will notify all affected employees via letter after it is confirmed that employee data was hacked.
During a cyberattack, hackers may install ransomware, a kind of malicious software, on a company’s network. Malware encrypts information and prevents access to a company’s internal network. When files are encoded, they become inaccessible to anybody who does not have the appropriate decoding software.
When hackers hold data for ransom, they demand money from the firm before releasing it. After receiving the ransom, the data will be encrypted, and the attack will stop.
However, the threats made by hackers have recently become more malicious. If the business has recent backups of its data, it is far less likely to pay the ransom. Because of this, “double extortion” has become a common tactic among hackers. If they don’t get paid, they’ll dump the company’s data on the dark web, where they may be utilized by identity thieves and fraudsters.
Up-to-date and regularly maintained data security technology may help you avoid becoming a victim of ransomware. Hackers make money off of companies’ outdated technology by actively hunting for and exploiting security flaws. If a company has modern security measures in place, it can anticipate attacks and protect itself from them.
The consumer privacy lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. help customers affected by data and security breaches pursue legal solutions by offering free consultations. By explaining your rights in clear, concise terms, we help you make an informed decision about your next steps. If you are a victim of the Gentex Corporation data breach, Console & Associates, P.C. will investigate at no charge to you and offer advice on how to proceed. If you decide to pursue a case, rest assured that we don’t get paid unless you do. If your claim is successful, legal fees are either paid out of the funds recovered or by the defendant. If your claim is not successful, you pay nothing.