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Posted On January 28, 2023 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches

Matco Tools Corporation Announces Data Breach

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Matco Tools Corporation, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.

Data Breach AlertJanuary 28, 2023 – Matco Tools Corporation filed a notice of a data breach with the Attorney General of Maine on January 26, 2023 after a data security incident on the company’s computer network. According to the filing, an unauthorized party gained access to sensitive consumer information, including consumers’ names and Social Security numbers. Once the leak was confirmed, Matco sent notification letters to all 14,342 individuals affected by the security breach.

The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Matco data breach. If you received a notification letter and are interested in learning what you can do to protect yourself, we are offering free consultations where we can discuss your legal options for receiving financial compensation from Matco. If you recently received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH from COMPANY, contact us at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential contact form for a free case evaluation.

About Matco Tools Corporation

Matco Tools Corporation is a company that works primarily in hardware and home improvement manufacturing and selling power tools, hand tools, automotive tools, and diagnostic scanners. Originally founded in 1946 and based in Stow, Ohio, Matco Tools now employs over 8,500 people and generates approximately $3 billion in revenue annually.

Information About the Matco Data Breach

There is limited information available on the Matco Data Breach at this time. All information that is known comes from its filing with the Maine Attorney General. After a security incident involving the company’s computer network in early 2022, Matco conducted an investigation and confirmed unauthorized access into the company’s computer network around March 1, 2022.

Matco worked to secure the company’s computer network and the affected files, then reviewed those files to determine what information had been made available. Though the information may vary by individual, the information that was accessed was consumers’ names and Social Security numbers.

On January 26, 2023, Matco sent data breach notification letters to all affected individuals. According to the Maine General Attorney, it is estimated that there were approximately 14,342 victims of the breach.

Can Matco Be Held Responsible for the Data Breach?

As the breach happened in early 2022, it is possible that your information is already in the hands of hackers, or you may have been the victim of identity theft or fraud. It was Matco Tools Corporation’s job to keep that information safe and secure. If the company is found negligent in any way after a full investigation into the breach, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit against the company for financial damages that may have been incurred as a result of the breach.

If You Have Been Affected by the Matco Tools Corporation Data Breach, Console & Associates, P.C. Can Help

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 Matco Tools 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.

To schedule your free consultation, just call (866) 778-5500 today or fill out our secure contact form.

Below is a portion of the letter sent to affected individuals:

Dear [Redacted],

Matco Tools (“Matco”) is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the information we maintain. We are writing to inform you about a data security incident that may have involved some of your information.

This notice explains the incident, measures we have taken, and some steps you can take in response. Matco recently concluded its investigation of an incident that involved suspicious activity where a server was copying data outside of the network. Upon first suspecting unauthorized access, we immediately disconnected the systems involved from the broader network, disabled the accounts associated with that activity, and launched an investigation.

The investigation determined that an unauthorized party gained access to the network on March 1, 2022. Matco then used the investigation’s findings to determine which files and folders might have been subject to unauthorized access and conducted a thorough review of the data involved. On December 8, 2022, we determined that a file or folder was accessed by the unauthorized actor which contained your name and [Redacted].

While we have no evidence to indicate that your information has been or will be misused, as a precaution and in compliance with relevant state law, we are offering you one year of complimentary identity monitoring services through IDX. IDX identity protection services include: one year of credit and CyberScan monitoring, a $1,000,000 insurance reimbursement policy, and fully managed identity theft recovery services. To enroll:

Please call 1-833-896-6590 or visit [Redacted]

Enrollment Code: [Redacted]

You have until April 26, 2023 to activate your IDX services.

We encourage you to contact IDX with any questions and to enroll in free identity protection services by calling the number or visiting the website above and using the Enrollment Code provided. For more information on identity theft prevention, please see the pages following this letter.

We regret any concern this incident may cause you. Please know we have implemented additional security measures to enhance the security of our environment, are supporting the conversion of our partners to more modern systems, and we continue to train our employees concerning data security to help prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future. If you have any questions, please call our dedicated call center at 1-833-896-6590 Monday through Friday from 9 am to 9 pm Eastern Time.

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from Matco Tools Corporation, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.