Recently, Sudler Property Management confirmed that the sensitive information of certain consumers was compromised due to a recent data breach. If you received a data breach notification, it is essential you understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Sudler Property Management data breach on behalf of people whose information was exposed. As a part of this investigation, we are providing free consultations to anyone affected by the breach who is interested in learning more about the risks of identity theft, what they can do to protect themselves, and what their legal options may be to obtain compensation from Sudler Property Management.
Last year, 1,862 data breaches affected more than 189 million people. On average, victims of identity theft spend 200 hours and over $1,300 recovering their identity. Many victims also suffer emotional distress, credit damage, and may even end up with a criminal record. Taking immediate action is the best way to prevent the worst consequences of a data breach.
What We Know So Far About the Sudler Property Management Data Breach
According to a letter from the company, Sudler Property Management recently learned that an unauthorized party gained access to a part of its computer system. In response, Sudler Property Management secured its systems and launched an internal investigation to determine the nature and scope of the incident. The investigation confirmed that the unauthorized party accessed
Upon learning of the extent of the security breach, Sudler Property Management then reviewed the affected files to determine what information was compromised. While the compromised information varies by consumer, it may include your first and last name, contact information, bank account number and your bank’s routing number. Evidently, the breach occurred on October 30, 2021, and the company discovered the breach the following day, on October 31, 2021.
On March 11, 2022, Sudler Property Management began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident. As many as 8,860 people may have been impacted by the Sudler Property Management data breach.
Sudler Property Management is a property management company based in Chicago, Illinois, primarily serving homeowner associations. The company provides a range of services to owners of residential associations, including 24/7 emergency response, management training, preventative maintenance programs, and security and safety compliance & inspections. Sudler Property Management was founded in 1927.
More About the Causes and Risks of Data Breaches
Often, data breaches are the result of a hacker gaining unauthorized access to a company’s computer systems with the intention of obtaining sensitive consumer information. While no one can know the reason why a hacker targeted Sudler, it is common for hackers and other criminals to identify those companies believed to have weak data security systems or vulnerabilities in their networks.
Once a cybercriminal gains access to a computer network, they can then access and remove any data stored on the compromised servers. While in most cases a company experiencing a data breach can identify which files were accessible, there may be no way for the company to tell which files the hacker actually accessed or whether they removed any data.
While the fact that your information was compromised in a data breach does not necessarily mean it will be used for criminal purposes, being the victim of a data breach puts your sensitive data in the hands of an unauthorized person. As a result, you are at an increased risk of identity theft and other frauds, and criminal use of your information is a possibility that should not be ignored.
Given this reality, individuals who receive a Sudler Property Management data breach notification should take the situation seriously and remain vigilant in checking for any signs of unauthorized activity. Businesses like Sudler are responsible for protecting the consumer data in their possession. If evidence emerges that Sudler failed to adequately protect your sensitive information, you may be eligible for financial compensation through a data breach lawsuit.
What Are Consumers’ Remedies in the Wake of the Sudler Data Breach?
When customers decided to do business with Sudler, they assumed that the company would take their privacy concerns seriously. And it goes without saying that consumers would think twice before giving a company access to their information if they knew it wasn’t going to be secure. Thus, data breaches such as this one raise questions about the adequacy of a company’s data security system.
When a business, government entity, non-profit organization, school, or any other organization accepts and stores consumer data, it also accepts a legal obligation to ensure this information remains private. The United States data breach laws allow consumers to pursue civil data breach claims against organizations that fail to protect their information.
Of course, given the recency of the Sudler Property Management data breach, the investigation into the incident is still in its early stages. And, as of right now, there is not yet any evidence suggesting Sudler is legally responsible for the breach. However, that could change as additional information about the breach and its causes is revealed.
If you have questions about your ability to bring a data breach class action lawsuit against Sudler Property Management, reach out to a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
What Should You Do if You Receive a Sudler Property Management Data Breach Notification?
If Sudler Property Management sends you a data breach notification letter, you are among those whose information was compromised in the recent breach. While this isn’t a time to panic, the situation warrants your attention. Below are a few important steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft and other fraudulent activity:
Identify What Information Was Compromised: The first thing to do after learning of a data breach is to carefully review the data breach letter sent. The letter will tell you what information of yours was accessible to the unauthorized party. Be sure to make a copy of the letter and keep it for your records. If you have trouble understanding the letter or what steps you can take to protect yourself, a data breach lawyer can help.
Limit Future Access to Your Accounts: Once you determine what information of yours was affected by the breach, the safest play is to assume that the hacker orchestrating the attack stole your data. While this may not be the case, it’s better to be safe than sorry. To prevent future access to your accounts, you should change all passwords and security questions for any online account. This includes online banking accounts, credit card accounts, online shopping accounts, and any other account containing your personal information. You should also consider changing your social media account passwords and setting up multi-factor authentication where it is available.
Protect Your Credit and Your Financial Accounts: After a data breach, companies often provide affected parties with free credit monitoring services. Signing up for the free credit monitoring offers some significant protections and doesn’t impact any of your rights to pursue a data breach lawsuit against the company if it turns out they were legally responsible for the breach. You should contact a credit bureau to request a copy of your credit report—even if you do not notice any signs of fraud or unauthorized activity. Adding a fraud alert to your account will provide you with additional protection.
Consider Implementing a Credit Freeze: A credit freeze prevents anyone from accessing your credit report. Credit freezes are free and stay in effect until you remove them. Once a credit freeze is in place, you can temporarily lift the freeze if you need to apply for any type of credit. While placing a credit freeze on your accounts may seem like overkill, given the risks involved, it’s justified. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (“ITRC”), placing a credit freeze on your account is the “single most effective way to prevent a new credit/financial account from being opened.” However, just 3% of data breach victims place a freeze on their accounts.
Regularly Monitor Your Credit Report and Financial Accounts: Protecting yourself in the wake of a data breach requires an ongoing effort on your part. You should regularly check your credit report and all financial account statements, looking for any signs of unauthorized activity or fraud. You should also call your banks and credit card companies to report the fact that your information was compromised in a data breach.
Below is a copy of the initial data breach letter issued by Sudler Property Management:
We are writing to inform you about an incident that may have exposed some of your personal information to unauthorized persons. We recently determined that an unauthorized third-party gained access to a limited portion of Sudler Property Management’s computer system. We responded by hiring third-party experts to address this situation, perform an investigation into the unauthorized activity, and further secure our systems to help protect your information. Based on what we learned, we determined that the third-party accessed some of your personal information, which may include your full name, contact information, driver’s license number, financial information (bank account and routing number), and Social Security number.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Protecting the privacy of your personal information is important to us, and we regret any inconvenience this incident may cause you. Please know that we are doing everything that we can to assist and guide you through this process. Should you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us at 1-???-???-???? Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central Time, excluding major U.S. holidays. Thank you for your understanding and patience.