Recently, Four B Corp. announced that the personally identifiable information of about 14,639 people was compromised in a data breach. Our data breach lawyers are investigating this cybersecurity incident to determine if consumers may have grounds for a data breach class action lawsuit.
What to know about the Four B Corp data breach.
The company recently reported that on September 26, 2021, an unauthorized party gained access to certain files on its servers. Further investigation revealed that the files may contain the following information:
- Postal addresses
- Date of birth
- Social security numbers
According to reports, Four B Corp. does not know what information people actually accessed and cannot confirm that the unauthorized party retained any of the information.
However, anyone who receives a data breach notification letter from Four B Corp. may now face an increased risk of identity theft and other financial loss. Lawyers are currently investigating this recent cybersecurity incident to determine whether the company has taken the necessary steps to keep your data safe and whether those affected by the breach can file a data breach class action lawsuit.
What is a data breach?
A data breach occurs when a hacker or other unauthorized party secretly gains access to sensitive consumer information stored on a company’s servers through some kind of cyberattack. Once a hacker obtains consumer data, they can use that information to commit identity theft or for other criminal purposes. Sometimes hackers sell the data they obtain through a cyberattack to the highest bidder.
No one can say for sure why a hacker targeted your data during a data breach or what they plan to do with it, but having your sensitive information in the hands of an unauthorized party exposes you to a increased risk of identity theft.
As consumers, we all provide personal data to businesses for a variety of reasons. We trust these companies to protect our private data and keep this information secure. Unfortunately, data breaches happen frequently.
Lawyers are investigating data events like this security breach to determine the legal rights of consumers who trusted companies with their sensitive information. Often, hackers target companies that rely on outdated or inadequate data security measures. If it is determined that Four B Corp. has, in fact, failed to properly protect consumer data in one way or another, the persons concerned can claim compensation for their financial losses.
What can you do after a data breach?
If you received a data breach letter from the company that suffered a security incident, it means that an unauthorized person, possibly a criminal, may have accessed, viewed, and retained your personal information. Although the company cannot know why the third party sought your information and what they intend to do with it, the situation warrants a certain level of caution on your part.
Below are some ways to protect yourself against identity theft and other possible financial risks that can arise from a data breach:
- Read the data breach letter carefully to determine what information about you was accessible;
- Make a copy of the letter for your records;
- Sign up for the free credit monitoring service provided to you (you will need the information in the data breach letter to do this);
- Change all your passwords and security questions for all online accounts;
- Enable two-factor authentication, where available;
- Regularly review your credit card and bank account statements for any signs of suspicious activity;
- Monitor your credit report for any unexpected changes that could be a sign of identity theft;
- Contact one of the major credit bureaus to ask them to add a fraud alert to your profile; and
- Notify your banks and credit card companies of the data breach.
To protect and preserve their legal rights, individuals who have been notified that their data may have been compromised are strongly advised to immediately contact a data breach lawyer.
Data breach attorneys are investigating this security incident and the possibility of a data breach class action lawsuit
Businesses have an ethical and legal duty to protect consumers’ personally identifiable information. Although developing and implementing a comprehensive and up-to-date data security system is expensive, it is a necessary cost of doing business in an environment where cyberattacks and data breaches are common. .
Data breach laws are complex, and just because your information may have been accessed while in the custody of Four B Corp. that this company is legally responsible. However, if a business fails to take appropriate steps to protect sensitive consumer information, it can be held liable through a data breach class action lawsuit.
If you have received a data breach notification letter, it is important to not only protect yourself from possible fraud, but also to safeguard your legal rights by speaking to a data breach attorney. Consumer privacy attorneys investigate legal matters involving all types of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and cyberattacks, without gain or expense.
find a copy of data breach letter here.
Data Breach Notice
We are writing to inform you of an incident that may have exposed some of your personal information. We take the privacy of your personal information seriously and want to provide you with information and resources that you can use to protect your information. This letter contains information about the incident and information about how to protect your personal information in the future.
What happened and what information was involved:
On September 26, 2021, Four B Corp. (“Balls Foods”) has detected and stopped a network security incident. An unauthorized third party has infiltrated our network and encrypted some of our data. We immediately cut off all network access and engaged specialized third-party forensic and technical resources to respond to the incident. Balls Foods has secured and patched its network and the data we maintain.
Once our environment was secure, we immediately launched a thorough investigation into the cause and extent of the unauthorized activity. Although we found no evidence that your information was specifically misused as a result of the compromise, an investigation into the incident revealed that your following information may have been exposed to the unauthorized party during the compromised: name, mailing address, date of birth, and social security number.
As of this writing, Balls Foods has not received any related identity theft reports since the date of the incident.
What we do :
Upon detection of this incident, we acted quickly to initiate our incident response, which included fully securing and remediating our network and the data we maintain. We have investigated with the assistance of third-party forensic specialists and reported this matter to law enforcement. We have reviewed and modified our tools, policies and procedures relating to the security of our systems and servers, as well as our information lifecycle management.
We’ve also secured free credit monitoring services for everyone involved, as detailed below.
What you can do:
We value the security of your personal information and offer free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services through IDX. IDX services include: [12/24] months of CyberScan credit and monitoring and fully managed identity theft recovery services. With this protection, IDX will help you resolve issues if your identity is compromised.
We encourage you to stay vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud by signing up for this free identity theft protection and credit monitoring. Contact IDX with questions and to register for these services by calling 1-833-820-0983 or going to https://app.idx.us/account-creation/protect and using the registration code provided above. IDX is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time. Please note that the registration deadline is March 30, 2022.
Again, at this time there is no evidence that your information was taken or misused. However, we encourage you to take full advantage of this service offering. IDX representatives are fully aware of the incident and can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding the protection of your personal information.
Attached is additional information about the resources available to you and the steps you can take to further protect your personal information.
For more information:
We recognize that you may have questions that are not addressed in this letter. If you have additional questions, please call IDX at the number listed above.
Balls Foods values the privacy and importance of your personal data, and we apologize for any inconvenience or concern this incident has caused.