Posted On April 27, 2023 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
April 27 – IMA Financial Group, Inc. (IMA) reported a data breach to the Texas Attorney General on April 19, 2023, after an incident involving confidential consumer information was exposed to a third party. According to the company’s official report, the breach exposed the names, Social Security numbers, government ID numbers, driver’s license numbers, residences, dates of birth, insurance claims information, and health information of consumers. After discovering the breach, IMA immediately started notifying those directly affected via letter.
Console & Associates, P.C.’s data breach lawyers are now focusing on the IMA Financial Group, Inc. incident. If you have received a breach notice and are wondering what steps you may take to protect yourself and if you may be entitled to financial compensation from IMA, we are giving free consultations where we can go through your legal options.
IMA Financial Group, Inc., with headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, is an integrated financial services firm that offers insurance and wealth management solutions via its six divisions, IMA, IMA Wealth, IMA Select, Highwing, Towerstone, and Eydent. Since its founding in 1973, IMA Financial Group has grown to employ over 1,800 people and produce revenues of over $1.5 billion yearly.
The filing with the Texas Attorney General states that on October 19, 2022, IMA discovered suspicious behavior inside its computer network. The business’s reaction was to lock down its network and start working with a group of cybersecurity experts to figure out what had happened.
The IMA’s examination of the company’s computer network revealed on October 19, 2022 that certain files had been made available to an outsider. It was eventually discovered that some of these files included sensitive customer data.
After learning that private customer information had fallen into the wrong hands, IMA Financial Group launched a thorough investigation of the stolen files to ascertain what data had been exposed and how many customers had been affected. On March 10, 2023, IMA finished the investigation. Consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, government ID numbers, driver’s license numbers, addresses, dates of birth, insurance claim details, and health information may have been compromised, though the information may vary by individual.
All persons whose data was compromised as a consequence of the incident were notified by letter on April 19, 2023.
As a client, you likely have no qualms about sharing your personal details with IMA. The release of this information casts doubts on the reliability of IMA to keep your data secure. The company must use extreme caution and security while dealing with customers’ personal information.
If you have received written confirmation that you were a victim of the data breach, you may be eligible to pursue a lawsuit against IMA and seek financial compensation.
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 IMA Financial Group, 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.
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Below is a portion of the letter sent to affected individuals:
WICHITA, KANSAS: APRIL 19, 2023 – IMA Financial Group, Inc. (“IMA”), a North American integrated financial services company, has learned of a data security incident that may have involved personal and/or protected health information for certain individuals associated with IMA and IMA’s clients. IMA has sent notification of this incident to potentially affected individuals and provided resources to assist them.
On October 19, 2022, IMA learned of unusual activity involving certain systems in its network. Upon discovering this activity, IMA’s internal security teams took immediate steps to secure its network. IMA also engaged a team of leading external cybersecurity experts to assist in its response and conduct an investigation to determine what happened and what information may have been involved. IMA’s investigation revealed that on October 19, 2022, certain IMA data may have been accessed or acquired without authorization in connection with the incident. As a result, IMA launched a comprehensive review of the potentially affected data. IMA’s review concluded on March 10, 2023, and revealed that some individuals’ personal and/or protected health information may have been contained therein. IMA subsequently provided notice to its clients and worked with its clients to gather up-to-date contact information needed to issue notification letters and provide assistance to potentially affected individuals.
IMA provided notice of this incident to the potentially impacted individuals beginning on April 19, 2023. In so doing, IMA provided information about the incident and about steps that potentially affected individuals can take to protect their information. IMA takes the security and privacy of individuals’ information very seriously and is taking steps to prevent a similar event from occurring in the future.
The following information may have been involved in the incident: Names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, driver’s license information, other government identification numbers, health information, and/or claim-related information.
IMA has established a toll-free call center to answer questions about the incident and to address related concerns. Call center representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time and can be reached at 1-888-404-4885.
The privacy and protection of personal and protected health information is a top priority for IMA, which deeply regrets any inconvenience or concern this incident may cause.