Posted On February 19, 2023 Personal Injury
February 19, 2023 – O’Neal Industries, Inc. filed notice of a data breach with the Attorney General of Texas on February 17, 2023 after discovering that consumer information had been leaked after a third-party accessed the company’s computer system. According to the filing, the information that was accessed included consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, and addresses. Once O’Neal Industries confirmed the data breach, the company sent notification letters to all victims whose information had been compromised due to the incident.
The investigation by data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. into the breach at O’Neal Industries, Inc. is ongoing. We offer free consultations to individuals affected by the data security incident to help them learn about their options going forward and whether they can pursue a data breach lawsuit for damages in the form of financial compensation from O’Neal Industries.
O’Neal Industries, Inc. is a holding company with many other companies in the metal industry, providing products such as steel beams and more. Some of the other companies within O’Neal Industries are O’Neal Manufacturing Services, O’Neal Steel, Leeco Steel, STP Stainless Tubular Products, United Performance Metals, and G&L Tube. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, O’Neal Industries employs more than 3,000 people and annually generates approximately $719 million in revenue.
What information we know about the breach comes from O’Neal Industries’ filing with the Texas Attorney General, however, that information is limited at this time, and there are no other sources of information as yet. O’Neal Industries discovered that confidential information had been compromised. They reviewed the exposed files to determine what information had been compromised. The company discovered that the types of information included names, Social Security numbers, and addresses.
On February 17, 2023, O’Neal Industries sent data breach notification letters to all individuals who were affected by the leak. According to the Texas Attorney General, there are approximately 726 victims in Texas.
If you’ve received a data breach notification letter from O’Neal Industries, Inc., your information could be in the hands of criminals looking to commit identity theft or fraud with your information. Learn how to mitigate the damages caused by identity theft with the steps listed below. This list is not comprehensive, and you may wish to take additional steps.
The letter sent by O’Neal Industries, Inc. contains crucial information about the breach. Some of the information typically included in a data breach notification letter are specifics about the attack, whether anyone affected by the attack has been hit with identity theft or fraud, and how the company plans on preventing such incidents in the future.
Fraud Alerts and a Credit Freeze are free services offered by major credit bureaus. These services have proven to stop criminals from using your information to commit identity theft and fraud. Take advantage of them for as long as you can. A fraud alert will inform companies checking your credit that someone is attempting to commit fraud with your information and prompt further verification before continuing with a credit check. A credit freeze will stop any company from checking your credit at all without approval from you.
Hackers try to use the information they receive immediately, not allowing victims to close out or freeze any accounts. However, there’s a chance they don’t yet have all the information needed to commit the crimes they’re looking to commit. They might hold onto your information longer before using it, so they can obtain all the information they need. That’s why you should continue to monitor your credit reports and financial accounts for weeks, even months, after the data breach.
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 O’Neal Industries, Inc. 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.