by Kelsey McCroskey
Filed: August 17, 2023 ◆§ 3:23-cv-01095-OAW
Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company faces a class action over a “massive and preventable” cyberattack purportedly detected in May 2023.
Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company
Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company faces a proposed class action over a “massive and preventable” cyberattack purportedly detected in May 2023.
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According to an August 4 notice letter, the Connecticut-based insurance company was affected by a data breach that targeted MOVEit, a popular file transfer platform. Per the notice letter sent on Hartford’s behalf, Pension Benefit Information (PBI)—a third-party vendor the company partners with—uses MOVEit to transfer files.
As a result, the personal information of Hartford customers was compromised when cybercriminals infiltrated PBI’s MOVEit transfer software between May 29 and 30 of this year, the notice explains.
The 44-page lawsuit claims that thousands of individuals have been impacted by the breach, which compromised at least consumers’ names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.
The suit argues that Hartford failed to take reasonable steps to ensure the private data was safeguarded, and neglected to timely notify victims of the breach. Though the company purports to have learned of the incident in late May 2023, notices were not sent out to affected individuals until early August, more than two months later, the case relays.
In addition, the notice letter provided only “basic details” about the cyberattack and did not address how the unauthorized third party gained access, what data was stolen or what measures are being taken to protect customer information in the future, the complaint contends.
The filing charges that Hartford’s offer of a limited two-year subscription for identity theft monitoring services is “wholly inadequate” in light of the lifelong risks of fraud and illegal schemes that victims now face due to the defendant’s negligence.
The lawsuit looks to represent anyone in the United States whose personal information was exposed to unauthorized third parties as a result of the data breach reportedly discovered by Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company on May 29, 2023.
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