Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy Data Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers

By
Will Gendron
May 7, 2024 4:52 PM
Data breach at Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy LLC exposed Social Security Numbers. Steps to protect your identity detailed.
Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy Data Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers

The February 2024 Data Breach

On February 28, 2024, Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy LLC, an accounting firm, experienced a significant network disruption that led to unauthorized access to certain files within their system. Immediate steps were taken to secure the network and cybersecurity experts were engaged to investigate the incident. It was determined that the disruption allowed potential compromise of sensitive files, specifically on the date of the incident. A thorough review concluded on April 1, 2024, confirming that social security numbers of some clients was indeed involved.

Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy LLC's Response

In response to the breach, Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy LLC took immediate action to secure their systems and mitigate any potential damage. The firm has implemented additional security measures to prevent future incidents. They have also engaged with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to support efforts in holding the perpetrators accountable. Furthermore, the firm is offering affected individuals 12 or 24 months of complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft protection services through Epiq.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If you believe your information may have been compromised in this breach, it is crucial to take the following steps to protect your identity:

  1. Monitor Your Accounts: Keep an eye on your financial statements and accounts for any unauthorized activity. If you notice anything suspicious, report it immediately to the institution involved.
  2. Credit Report and Alerts: Obtain a free copy of your credit report from each of the major credit reporting agencies once every 12 months by visiting AnnualCreditReport.com. Consider placing a fraud alert on your reports to make it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name.
  3. Security Freeze: You might also want to place a security freeze on your credit reports, which prevents creditors from accessing your credit report entirely, which stops new accounts from being opened in your name.
  4. Identity Theft Protection: Enroll in the complimentary identity protection services offered by Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy LLC. You can enroll at IdentityDefense Activation.

For more detailed information about the breach and how to protect yourself, please refer to the official notice provided by Dohman, Akerlund & Eddy LLC, which is available on the Maine Attorney General's website.

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