Formosa Plastics Data Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers

By
Will Gendron
Apr 30, 2024 10:44 AM
Data breach at Formosa Plastics exposed names, SSNs, IDs, and medical info. Learn steps to protect your identity.

The April 2024 Data Breach at Formosa Plastics

In recent data breach disclosures to state attorneys general offices, Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A., experienced unauthorized access to its data systems. This breach has raised concerns due to the sensitivity of the information involved.

Information Exposed

The following types of consumer information were compromised:

  • Name of individual
  • Address
  • Social Security Number Information
  • Driver’s License number
  • Government-issued ID number (e.g., passport, state ID card)
  • Medical Information
  • Date of Birth

Formosa Plastics Corporation's Response

Upon discovering the breach, Formosa Plastics took immediate action to secure their systems and mitigate any potential impact on affected individuals and their data. The company has implemented additional security measures to strengthen their data protection protocols. These include enhanced cybersecurity training for employees and regular security assessments to prevent future breaches.

To support those affected, Formosa Plastics is offering two years of complimentary identity monitoring services through ID Watchdog, a well-regarded identity theft protection service. This service includes proactive monitoring, timely alerts about suspicious activities, and assistance in the event of identity theft.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If your information was compromised in this breach, it is crucial to stay vigilant and proactive in monitoring your personal information. Here are several steps you can take:

  1. Enroll in the Complimentary ID Watchdog Service: Take advantage of the identity monitoring service offered by Formosa Plastics. You can enroll by visiting ID Watchdog.
  2. Monitor Your Accounts: Regularly review your financial statements and credit reports for any unauthorized activity. You are entitled to a free credit report annually from each of the major credit bureaus.
  3. Place Fraud Alerts: Contact one of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion) to place a fraud alert on your credit reports. This makes it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name.
  4. Consider a Security Freeze: A security freeze will prevent creditors from accessing your credit report entirely, which helps prevent new account openings in your name.
  5. Report Suspicious Activities: If you detect any suspicious activity, report it immediately to the relevant financial institutions and law enforcement agencies.

About Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A.

Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A., established in 1978, is a prominent supplier of plastic resins and petrochemicals. With annual revenues exceeding $5 billion, the company employs nearly 2,900 people across more than 20 production units. Their products serve various industries, demonstrating their critical role in the global supply chain of plastic and chemical products.

For more detailed information about the breach and to view the official disclosure, please visit the Texas Attorney General's website or the Massachusetts Attorney General's website.

By following these guidelines and utilizing the resources provided, you can better protect yourself from potential repercussions of this data breach.

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