Southwest Binding & Laminating Data Breach

By
Will Gendron
Mar 27, 2024 12:21 AM
Affected by the Southwest Binding & Laminating data breach? Over 10,000 individuals' sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, payroll details, and more, may have been compromised. Learn what steps to take for protection.

February 2024 Data Breach

On February 1, 2024, Southwest Binding & Laminating detected unusual activity within its network, specifically from a domain account with administrator privileges. This initial discovery led to an immediate investigation which confirmed the presence of a ransomware attack. The company took swift action by taking all servers offline and commenced remediation efforts, including restoring critical business files and services. By February 22, 2024, it was determined that the unauthorized access involved files containing personal information of current and former employees, as well as independent contractors of its subsidiary, Graphic Finishing Partners.

Information Exposed

The following types of consumer information were exposed:

  • Social Security Number
  • Employee payroll details (salary, employee status, payroll deductions)
  • Direct deposit numbers
  • Benefit status
  • Dependent information

Southwest Binding & Laminating's Response

In response to the breach, Southwest Binding & Laminating engaged leading third-party cybersecurity forensic experts to help determine the scope and mitigate the impact of the breach. The company believes that further unauthorized access has been prevented and continues to monitor its systems for any suspicious activity. Legal counsel has been engaged to assist in notifying appropriate regulatory authorities.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If you believe your information was compromised in this breach, it is crucial to act promptly to protect your identity:

  1. Monitor your financial accounts for any unauthorized transactions and alert your bank to any suspicious activity.
  2. Place a fraud alert on your credit reports by contacting one of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion.
  3. Consider placing a credit freeze on your reports, which stops creditors from accessing your credit report entirely, preventing the opening of new accounts in your name.
  4. Obtain a free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com to check for discrepancies.
  5. Report any identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission at IdentityTheft.gov.

About Southwest Binding & Laminating

Southwest Binding & Laminating specializes in providing high-quality presentation, binding, shrink wrapping, and laminating supplies and equipment. Catering to various professional needs, they offer tailored solutions for making information presentable, from corporate materials to family photos. For more details, visit their website at Southwest Binding & Laminating.

For further information regarding the breach and what steps to take, you can refer to the detailed notice provided by Southwest Binding & Laminating, available here.

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