GreenWaste Data Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers

By
Will Gendron
Apr 9, 2024 7:04 AM
GreenWaste data breach exposed names, SSNs, financial and medical info. Act now to protect your identity.

November 2023 Data Breach at GreenWaste

On November 27, 2023, GreenWaste Recovery, LLC d/b/a GreenWaste detected suspicious activity within their network systems. Immediate steps were taken to secure the network and investigate the incident. It was determined that an unauthorized third party had gained access to parts of the computer network containing sensitive files from November 22 to November 27, 2023. A thorough investigation revealed that this breach was a result of sophisticated cyber-attack methods.

Information Exposed

During the breach, various types of personal information were compromised, including:

  • Full names
  • Dates of birth
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • Social Security numbers
  • Financial-account information
  • Health-insurance information
  • Limited medical information (e.g., COVID test results and vaccination status)
  • Bank account numbers
  • Routing numbers

GreenWaste Recovery's Immediate Response

In response to the breach, GreenWaste Recovery implemented several security measures to mitigate the impact and prevent future incidents. The company engaged third-party cybersecurity experts to assist in the investigation and to bolster their security infrastructure. They also notified law enforcement agencies to assist with the investigation. GreenWaste Recovery notifyied affected individuals and offering complimentary credit monitoring services through Experian’s IdentityWorks.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If you suspect that your information was compromised in this breach, it is crucial to act swiftly to protect your identity and financial integrity:

  1. Monitor Your Accounts: Regularly review your bank statements and credit reports for any unauthorized transactions or changes.
  2. Credit Monitoring: Enroll in the complimentary credit monitoring service offered by GreenWaste Recovery. You can enroll by visiting Experian IdentityWorks and using the provided activation code.
  3. Place Fraud Alerts: Contact one of the major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion) to place a fraud alert on your credit reports.
  4. Consider a Credit Freeze: This prevents creditors from accessing your credit report, which can stop a thief from opening new accounts in your name.
  5. Report Suspicious Activity: If you detect any suspicious activity, immediately report it to your financial institution and local law enforcement. You can also report it to the Federal Trade Commission at www.IdentityTheft.gov.

About GreenWaste Recovery, LLC d/b/a GreenWaste

GreenWaste Recovery, LLC is a leader in the environmental services industry, specializing in recycling and waste diversion. With over 35 years of experience, GreenWaste operates in multiple highly regulated facilities across various locations, serving over 50 jurisdictions and employing more than 1,000 people.

For further details on the breach and to view the official Notice to Consumers, please refer to the disclosures on the Massachusetts Attorney General's website and the California Attorney General's website.

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