Lamont Hanley Data Breach Exposes Social Security Numbers

Will Gendron
Apr 25, 2024 3:12 PM
Data breach at Lamont Hanley may involve names and social security numbers. Here is how you protect your information.

The June 2023 Email Compromise at Lamont Hanley & Associates

On June 20, 2023, Lamont Hanley & Associates discovered unauthorized access to one of their employee's email accounts. This incident came to light during routine security monitoring. The compromised account potentially exposed sensitive personal information due to the nature of the data handled by the employee. Despite immediate actions to secure the breach, it was not until February 28, 2024, that a thorough investigation concluded the specific personal details present in the compromised account.

Information Exposed

  • Name
  • Social Security Number (Full)

Lamont Hanley & Associates's Response

Following the discovery of the breach, Lamont Hanley & Associates took swift action to mitigate the impact. The company secured the email environment by changing passwords and isolating the compromised account. They engaged external cybersecurity experts to assess the extent of the breach and to ensure no further data was vulnerable. Although the investigation did not confirm the extraction of data by unauthorized parties, the possibility could not be entirely ruled out. Consequently, the company has revised its information security protocols and implemented enhanced measures to fortify data protection.

Recommended Actions for Affected Individuals

If you suspect your information might have been compromised in this breach:

  1. Monitor Your Accounts: Regularly review your financial statements and credit reports for any unauthorized activity. Immediate action can prevent potential harm.
  2. Credit Monitoring Services: Enroll in the free credit monitoring services offered by Lamont Hanley & Associates through Cyberscout. This service will alert you to changes in your credit file.
  3. Fraud Alerts and Credit Freezes: Consider placing a fraud alert or a security freeze on your credit reports. This can make it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name. Here’s how you can contact the major credit bureaus:
    1. Equifax
    2. Experian
    3. TransUnion
  1. Stay Informed: Utilize resources from the Federal Trade Commission regarding identity theft, and consider filing a police report if you find evidence of fraud.

About Lamont Hanley & Associates

Lamont Hanley & Associates, Inc., specializes in accounts receivable management and operates with a strong emphasis on maintaining client relations while managing financial obligations. The company is known for its rigorous training and certification of its collectors, ensuring a high standard of service in the debt collection industry.

For further details on the breach, you can access the official disclosures on the Maine Attorney General’s website and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s website.

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