Simon & Schuster Data Breach

By
Will Gendron
Mar 20, 2024 12:37 PM

Understanding the Simon & Schuster Data Breach

Recently, Simon & Schuster, an apparel and fashion company based in Bayern, Germany, experienced a significant data breach. The company's website, which can be visited here, became the entry point for unauthorized access to sensitive consumer information. On February 27, 2024, Simon & Schuster detected the breach and promptly initiated an investigation.

The breach exposed consumers' Social Security Numbers, among other personal details, which could potentially lead to identity theft and other forms of fraud. The incident was disclosed to the Maine Attorney General's office, and the full disclosure can be reviewed here.

A total of 3,532 individuals in the United States were affected, with 4 of those being from the state of Maine. On March 19, 2024, Simon & Schuster began notifying consumers of the breach through written communication.

Immediate Steps for Affected Individuals

If you believe you may have been affected by this data breach, it is crucial to take immediate action:

  1. Monitor Your Accounts: Regularly check your credit and debit card statements for any unauthorized transactions. Report any suspicious activity to your bank immediately.

  2. Contact IDX: IDX has been engaged to provide identity protection services. You can enroll for these services by scanning the QR code provided in the notice or by visiting IDX's enrollment page. Remember, the deadline for enrollment is June 19, 2024.

  3. Free Credit Report: You are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies once every 12 months. Obtain yours by visiting AnnualCreditReport.com, calling 1-877-322-8228, or by mailing a completed Annual Credit Report Request Form.

  4. Place a Fraud Alert: Consider placing a fraud alert on your credit report. This is free and lasts for at least one year, signaling to creditors to verify your identity before opening new accounts. Contact any of the three credit reporting agencies to set this up.

  5. Security Freeze: Implementing a security freeze on your credit file can prevent new credit from being opened in your name without a PIN. Although this can delay or interfere with obtaining credit, it adds a layer of protection. Contact each credit reporting agency to activate a freeze.

  6. Stay Informed: For further assistance and information, you can reach out to the dedicated call center at 1-888-683-5018, available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm Central Time.

Additional Resources and Rights

  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC): The FTC provides guidance on dealing with identity theft. Visit their website here for more information.

  • State Attorney General: Report any identity theft to your state attorney general's office.

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA): Familiarize yourself with your rights under the FCRA, which includes the right to dispute and correct inaccurate information on your credit report.

Remember, taking prompt action can mitigate the potential damage caused by this data breach. Stay vigilant, monitor your financial accounts, and utilize the resources provided to protect your personal information.

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