First Bank of Alabama Data Breach Leaks Social Security Numbers

By
Will Gendron
May 29, 2024 2:39 PM
Data breach at First Bank of Alabama may have exposed personal information. Affected users can access free identity monitoring services.
First Bank of Alabama Data Breach Leaks Social Security Numbers

Personally Identifiable Information Leaked

First Bank of Alabama recently reported a data breach incident that may have compromised the personal information of its customers. The breach was officially disclosed to the Massachusetts Attorney General's office, and the details were made public to ensure transparency and to inform potentially affected individuals about the steps they can take to protect their information.

Information Exposed

The following personal information was exposed in the data breach:

  • Social Security Number

First Bank of Alabama's Response

Upon discovering the breach, First Bank of Alabama took immediate action to secure its systems and mitigate any potential impact on its customers. The bank has launched a thorough investigation into the incident to understand the scope and root cause of the breach. Additionally, First Bank of Alabama has implemented enhanced security measures to prevent future occurrences.

To support those potentially affected, the bank is offering 24 months of free identity monitoring services through Kroll, a global leader in risk mitigation. Customers can activate this service by visiting Kroll's enrollment page. The bank has also made efforts to strengthen its existing security policies and procedures.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If you believe your information may have been compromised in this breach, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself:

  1. Activate Free Identity Monitoring: Sign up for the free services offered by First Bank of Alabama through Kroll to monitor your credit and receive alerts for any suspicious activity.
  2. Monitor Your Accounts: Keep an eye on your bank statements and credit reports for any unauthorized transactions or changes. You can obtain a free credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies once per year at AnnualCreditReport.com.
  3. Consider a Fraud Alert or Credit Freeze: Placing a fraud alert on your credit files makes it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name. A more severe step, a credit freeze, will prevent creditors from accessing your credit report entirely, which prevents new accounts from being opened.
  4. Stay Informed: Visit the disclosure on the Massachusetts Attorney General's website for more details and updates on the breach.

By taking these steps and utilizing the resources provided by First Bank of Alabama, you can help safeguard your personal information and reduce the risk of identity theft.

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