George F. Young, Inc Ransomware Attack Exposes Social Security Numbers

By
Will Gendron
Apr 30, 2024 3:37 PM
Explore steps to protect your identity after the George F. Young, Inc data breach involving names and SSNs. Visit Cyberscout for free credit monitoring.

October 2023 Ransomware Attack

On October 21, 2023, George F. Young, Inc experienced a significant cybersecurity incident involving a ransomware attack that temporarily encrypted all company systems. External cybersecurity experts were immediately engaged to restore the systems and investigate the extent of the breach. It was determined on February 6, 2024, that certain personal information might have been accessed without authorization. The incident was promptly reported to federal law enforcement to address the situation and prevent future occurrences.

Information Exposed

  • Name
  • Social Security number

George F. Young, Inc's Response

In response to the data breach, George F. Young, Inc has taken several robust measures to enhance the security of their systems and protect personal information. These measures include increased monitoring of their networks, improving access controls, and strengthening their system's security. Additionally, the company has arranged for affected individuals to access Single Bureau Credit Monitoring, Single Bureau Credit Report, and Single Bureau Credit Score services at no cost for 24 months. These services are provided by Cyberscout through Identity Force, a TransUnion company specializing in fraud assistance and remediation services.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If you believe your information might have been compromised in this breach, it is crucial to act promptly to protect your identity. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Enroll in the provided credit monitoring services using the unique code 86F8EA546C52 at Cyberscout. Enrollment is open until 90 days from the date of the notification letter.
  2. Regularly review your account statements and credit reports for any unauthorized activity. If you spot anything suspicious, report it immediately.
  3. Consider placing a fraud alert on your files, which makes it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name. Contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert:
    1. Equifax
    2. Experian
    3. TransUnion
  1. You might also want to consider placing a security freeze on your credit reports, which prevents creditors from accessing your credit report entirely. This can prevent new account openings in your name. Contact each of the credit bureaus to set up a freeze.

About George F. Young, Inc

George F. Young, Inc is a renowned civil engineering and surveying firm based in Florida, established in 1919. The company is dedicated to designing and improving community infrastructures by turning visionary ideas into reality. With a commitment to integrity, quality, and service, George F. Young, Inc continues to be at the forefront of technological advancements and regulatory changes in the engineering and survey industries.

For further assistance or inquiries about the data breach, affected individuals can contact the help line provided in the notification letter or refer to the detailed instructions and resources provided in the Notice to Consumers, available in PDF format below this article.

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