Posted On April 18, 2023 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
April 18 – There were rumors in the media in February 2023 that Southeastern Louisiana University (“Southeastern”) had a cyberattack due to administrative statements. However, Southeastern did not report any breach at the time, leaving students, professors, and the public in the dark. But since then, a well-known ransomware group has added Southeastern Louisiana University to its list of victims, raising even more alarm. As yet, no data breach notification has been made by Southeastern. However, Southeastern will begin sending data breach notification letters to all people who were affected by the recent data security issue if it is determined that personal student or faculty data was exposed to unauthorized access.
Console & Associates, P.C. urges anybody who has received a notification letter from Southeastern Louisiana University to connect with our data breach lawyers as soon as possible. We’re here to help you figure out what to do next, get advice on how to safeguard yourself, and evaluate whether or not you have grounds to pursue a lawsuit against Southeastern Louisiana University for financial compensation.
Founded in 1925, Southeastern Louisiana University is a public university located in Hammond, Louisiana. The school’s student body averages around 14,000 students, who are taught by a team of over 600 faculty and staff. Southeastern Louisiana University employs more than 560 people and generates approximately $114 million in annual revenue.
There isn’t a lot we can tell you about the hack right now, but what we do know comes from multiple sources. In February 2023, Southeastern Louisiana University reported a cyberattack that forced them to shut down portions of the campus’s information technology. Soon after, Southeastern University joined the victim list of the BianLian ransomware organization. Concerns have been raised by both students and teachers at Southeastern University that the university has not been forthcoming regarding whether or not sensitive material has been released.
BianLian says they have released 50 GB of data into the dark web. However, the specifics of this information are yet unknown. However, the hackers claimed that “accounting data, marketing data, financial data, educational data, and business data” were all included in the leak.
If sensitive information of students or faculty members at Southeastern Louisiana University was exposed due to a data breach, the university would be obligated to notify those affected by the incident through data breach letters.
Although it is not yet known what information was compromised, you should not delay taking necessary precautions. Potential identity thieves and fraudsters may already be in possession of your personal details.
Here is a checklist of safety measures you may do immediately. This is not an exhaustive list, and you may want to take further action if the data breach compromises your financial information.
Maintain strict vigilance on your finances. Keep an eye on your bank and credit card statements and report any unusual behavior right away if you see it.
You should still make an effort to safeguard all of your internet accounts, even if your financial data was not stolen. Immediately go and change all of your passwords. When a hacker is attempting to conduct fraud or steal your identity, they may require additional information from other accounts to accomplish it. Take advantage of two-factor authorization if it is offered.
The three main credit reporting companies all provide free fraud alerts and credit freezes to their customers. With a credit freeze in place, no one may access your credit report without your permission. A fraud alert serves as a warning signal to other businesses. Any business that pulls your credit report will be alerted to the fact that your personal data may have been stolen.
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 Southeastern Louisiana University 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.
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