HALO Branded Solutions Data Breach

By
Will Gendron
Apr 2, 2024 12:18 AM
7,305 affected by HALO data breach. SSNs and personal info exposed. Free credit protection offered.

Data Breach Detected in November 2023

HALO Branded Solutions experienced a significant security incident that was first detected on November 22, 2023. This breach involved unauthorized access to certain computer systems within the company's network. The breach was sophisticated, utilizing techniques that initially evaded detection by HALO's security measures. Upon discovery, the affected systems were immediately taken offline, law enforcement was notified, and cybersecurity experts were engaged to assess and mitigate the situation.

Information Exposed

The unauthorized access led to the acquisition of files containing sensitive personal information. The types of consumer information exposed include:

  • Name of individual
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth

HALO Branded Solutions's Response

Following the discovery of the data breach, HALO Branded Solutions took several steps to address the incident and prevent future occurrences. The company worked closely with external cybersecurity experts to thoroughly investigate the nature and scope of the breach. Efforts were made to strengthen the security of the network and continuous monitoring of the dark web was implemented to detect any potential misuse of the information involved. HALO Branded Solutions has also been proactive in communicating with affected individuals, offering 12 months of free credit and identity protection services through Cyberscout. For more details on the breach notification, you can view the notice to consumers here.

Recommended Actions for Affected Individuals

If you believe you were affected by this data breach, there are several steps you can take to protect your personal information:

  1. Monitor Your Credit Reports: Regularly review your credit reports from the three major credit reporting agencies. You are entitled to a free credit report every 12 months from each agency, which you can obtain through AnnualCreditReport.com.
  2. Place Fraud Alerts: Consider placing a fraud alert on your credit files, which warns creditors to verify your identity before opening new accounts in your name. You can place an alert by contacting one of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion).
  3. Consider a Security Freeze: A security freeze prevents creditors from accessing your credit report entirely, which makes it more difficult for identity thieves to open accounts in your name. This can be done without charge at each of the credit reporting agencies.
  4. Stay Vigilant: Keep an eye on your financial account statements for any unauthorized transactions. If you spot something suspicious, report it immediately to the institution involved.

About HALO Branded Solutions

HALO Branded Solutions is a leading provider in the marketing and advertising industry, specializing in branded merchandise, uniform programs, and recognition and incentive solutions. With over 1,800 employees across 42 global offices, HALO serves a significant number of Fortune 500 companies, as well as many mid to small-sized businesses, aiming to make impactful connections through branded solutions. For more information, visit HALO's website.

By taking these steps and staying informed, you can help safeguard your personal information and respond effectively to potential threats resulting from this breach.

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