Amerit Fleet Solutions Data Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers

By
Will Gendron
Apr 29, 2024 10:47 AM
Explore the Amerit Fleet Solutions data breach involving names, SSNs, and more. Learn steps to protect your identity if affected.

The January 2024 Data Breach

On January 21, 2024, Amerit Fleet Solutions detected suspicious activity within their network systems, which was later identified as a cybersecurity incident. The company immediately launched an investigation to understand the extent and impact of the breach. It was determined that an unauthorized individual had accessed and copied certain files from Amerit's systems around January. A thorough review of these files revealed that sensitive information was involved.

Given the nature of the breach, it is likely the breach affected current and former employees and contractors of the company, which reportedly affected 1,912 total people.

Information Exposed

  • Name
  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license
  • Financial account information
  • Medical information

Amerit Fleet Solutions's Response

Upon discovering the breach, Amerit Fleet Solutions acted swiftly to secure their systems and mitigate any potential damage. They notified federal law enforcement and are collaborating closely with them. The company is also enhancing its security measures to prevent future incidents. Amerit has begun notifying affected individuals and is offering free credit monitoring services to those whose information may have been compromised. They are also providing resources on how to protect against identity theft and fraud, including instructions on how to place a fraud alert and security freeze on credit files.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If you believe your information might have been exposed in this breach, it is crucial to act immediately to protect your identity:

  • Monitor your financial statements and account activities for any unauthorized transactions.
  • Consider placing a fraud alert on your credit reports, which makes it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name.
  • Think about implementing a credit freeze, which restricts access to your credit report and stops creditors from issuing new credit in your name.
  • Utilize the free credit monitoring service offered by Amerit Fleet Solutions to stay informed of changes in your credit status.
  • Regularly review your credit reports, which can be obtained for free annually from the major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
  • Report any suspicious activities to the Federal Trade Commission and local law enforcement.

For more detailed information on how to protect yourself, you can visit the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft website.

About Amerit Fleet Solutions

Amerit Fleet Solutions is a leading provider in the United States of customized fleet maintenance and repair services. With over 1,800 skilled technicians and managers, the company manages more than 120,000 assets and operates at over 800 locations nationwide.

For further details on the breach and Amerit's response, you can access the official notice on the Maine Attorney General's website.

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