MARLTON, N.J. - Feb. 1, 2022 - PRLog -- Console & Associates, P.C. is actively evaluating the possibility of a data breach class action lawsuit following a data breach at the California printing company, Calitho. If evidence emerges that Calitho failed to adequately protect the sensitive consumer information in its possession from this type of cyberattack, it may be financially liable through a data breach class action lawsuit.
The Calitho data security incident is not the first data breach to make news headlines in recent months. It will also not be the last. However, despite the frequency with which hackers are able to steal sensitive consumer information from companies, there is widespread misunderstanding surrounding the very real risks data breaches such as this one pose.
There are many situations that can give rise to a data breach. However, often a data breach follows a hacking event, malware attack, phishing scam or other cyberthreat, the goal of which is usually to obtain consumer data. While only the hacker who orchestrates a cyber-attack knows what their intentions are, often, these hacking events are designed to obtain consumer data located on a company's computer network. Once in possession of an individual's personal or financial information, a cybercriminal may use that information to steal the identity of the consumer.
News of the Calitho data breach only recently broke, and additional details are expected in the coming weeks. However, the situation raises legitimate concerns about the company's efforts to keep consumer data secure.
Attorney Richard Console explains, "It's easy to place all the blame for a data breach on the person who hacks into an organization's system; however, this ignores the legal and moral obligation that these companies owe to consumers. When someone gives an organization their information, they trust that the organization will ensure the information remains private—and out of the hands of criminals. While protecting consumer data requires an organization to undergo some effort and expense, in our current environment of widespread hacking, this is a cost of doing business that all organizations must take seriously."
According to the letter Calitho sent to those whose information was compromised, on December 23, 2021, the company began experiencing problems when trying to access certain files and folders on its computer network. While the company's internal investigation is not yet complete, Calitho confirmed that it is "unable to rule out unauthorized access to, or taking of, information stored on the Calitho network." Calitho also reports that the data which may have been accessed as a result of the cybersecurity event includes the following information:
- Full names,
- Social Security numbers,
- Driver's license numbers,
- State-issued identification numbers,
- Passport numbers,
- Military identification numbers,
- Financial account numbers, and
- Health insurance information.
Calitho notes that it is unaware of any instance in which the compromised data was used by the unauthorized party; however, those receiving a Calitho data breach letter should take the following steps to protect themselves:
- Carefully review the letter sent by Calitho;
- Retain a copy of the data breach notification letter;
- Enroll in the free credit monitoring service provided by Calitho;
- Change all passwords and security questions to online accounts;
- Enable two-factor or multi-factor authentication, where it is available;
- Frequently review all credit card and bank account statements for any signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
- Monitor credit reports for any unexpected changes or signs of identity theft;
- Contact a credit bureau to request a temporary fraud alert; and
- Notify all banks and credit card companies of the data breach.
To learn more about this data breach and investigation go to https://www.myinjuryattorney.com/data-breach-alert-calitho/.
Consumers can reach Console & Associates, P.C. through the firm's website at https://www.myinjuryattorney.com/contact-us/.
Console & Associates P.C. is committed to protecting consumer privacy interests from the ever-present threat of cyberattacks. The firm investigates all types of cybersecurity events, including data breaches, ransomware and malware attacks and other network intrusions to determine the legal rights of consumers who trusted corporations with their personal data. For more information, interested parties may visit https://www.myinjuryattorney.com/consumer-privacy-data-breach-lawyers/.
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