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Massive data breach exposes Social Security numbers and more

Massive data breach exposes Social Security numbers and more

Data breaches are commonplace in today's digital world. It seems we're finding out about major new breaches every week.

The Equifax breach that we learned about last year was particularly harsh. Critical information from over 145 million Americans was exposed in that breach, making it one of the worst ever.

Even though breaches are happening constantly, we shouldn't sit back and accept it as the norm. Something needs to be done to stop these from happening, and I'm talking sooner rather than later. A group of recent victims have decided to fight back.

Are you part of this breach?

One of the latest major data breaches happened at an HR and tax service company called ComplyRight. The company helps employers streamline administrative tasks and takes care of tax forms like your W-2.

It recently announced that it was the victim of a data breach from earlier this year. The breach began sometime in April and lasted through May.

Over 660,000 people have been impacted by this breach. Exposed data includes: names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and Social Security numbers of individual tax form recipients. This is bad!

What happened was, at the end of May, ComplyRight was notified of a security issue with its website. After an investigation, it determined that there was unauthorized access to its site.

The company says that it sent notification letters through snail-mail to everyone who was affected. It also set up a dedicated response line that you can call if you were a victim of the breach.

That number is 844-299-7772 and can be reached Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. ComplyRight is offering affected individuals free credit monitoring services for 12 months through TransUnion.

How victims are fighting back

Victims of this breach aren't taking it lightly. In fact, some have filed lawsuits against ComplyRight for allegedly not properly protecting its data and not immediately notifying victims.

The lawsuits seek damages for the improper disclosure of personal information, including time and effort to clean-up the data breach. It's possible these lawsuits could turn into class action suits, so all victims could join in.

This is an interesting response to a data breach. If it works, will it be the new way to handle breaches in the future?

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