NAHB Data Breach: Know Your Rights

By
Will Gendron
Mar 6, 2024 2:17 PM
The NAHB data breach affected 2020 individuals nationwide, compromising personal information including Social Security Numbers. If you're affected, you may be entitled to compensation and should consider credit monitoring, identity theft protection, and legal action.

May 2023 Data Breach

On May 23, 2023, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) detected unusual activity on their network. An immediate investigation was launched, which revealed that there was unauthorized access to certain parts of their network from May 16, 2023, to May 23, 2023. By February 7, 2024, NAHB completed a thorough review of the affected files, confirming the exposure of sensitive consumer information. This breach was subsequently reported to the Maine Attorney General's office, and the details can be accessed on the Maine Attorney General's website.

Information Exposed

  • Social Security Number

NAHB's Immediate Response

Following the discovery of the breach, NAHB took prompt action to secure their systems. The measures included changing passwords and reviewing their security policies and procedures. To assist those potentially affected, NAHB has provided access to complimentary credit monitoring and identity protection services. They encourage all impacted individuals to take advantage of these services to safeguard their personal information.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If you believe you have been affected by this data breach, it is crucial to remain vigilant by monitoring your financial accounts and credit reports for any unauthorized activity. Here are several steps you can take:

  • Enroll in Credit Monitoring: Take advantage of the free credit monitoring services offered by NAHB. You can enroll by visiting Identity Force and using the unique code provided in your notification letter.
  • Review Your Credit Reports: Obtain your free annual credit reports from AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228. Scrutinize the reports for any discrepancies or unfamiliar transactions.
  • Place Fraud Alerts or Credit Freezes: Consider placing a fraud alert or a credit freeze on your credit files. This can help prevent new credit accounts from being opened in your name without your consent. Contact the major credit bureaus to set these up:

About National Association of Home Builders ("NAHB")

NAHB is a significant federation representing over 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, and various other aspects of residential and commercial construction. As a leading voice in the housing industry, NAHB advocates for affordable and safe housing for all Americans. More information about NAHB can be found on their official website.

For further assistance or inquiries related to the data breach, affected individuals can contact NAHB's dedicated assistance line or visit their headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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