Summit State Bank Data Breach

By
Will Gendron
Mar 28, 2024 5:07 PM
Affected by the Summit State Bank data breach? Personal information, including names and account data, may have been exposed due to unauthorized email access on October 25, 2023. Learn about the steps taken by the bank and how to protect your information.

October 2023 Data Breach

On October 25, 2023, Summit State Bank experienced a significant security incident involving unauthorized access to an employee's email account. This breach was first detected when unusual activity was noticed within the bank's email system. Immediate actions were taken to secure the email environment, and an investigation was launched with the assistance of a third-party cybersecurity firm. The investigation revealed that the unauthorized access occurred over a period from October 16, 2023, to October 25, 2023.

Information Exposed

During the breach, specific types of consumer information were compromised, including:

  • Name
  • Data Elements (specific details not disclosed)

Summit State Bank's Response

In response to the breach, Summit State Bank has taken several steps to address and mitigate the impact. The bank has enhanced its security measures and implemented additional safeguards to prevent future incidents. Furthermore, Summit State Bank has partnered with Kroll to offer affected customers complimentary identity monitoring services for one year. These services include Credit Monitoring, Fraud Consultation, and Identity Theft Restoration. Affected individuals are encouraged to activate their identity monitoring services by visiting Kroll's enrollment page.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If you believe your information was compromised in this breach, it is crucial to remain vigilant and take steps to protect your identity. Here are some actions you can consider:

  • Monitor Your Accounts: Regularly review your financial statements and credit reports for any unauthorized transactions or changes.
  • Activate Identity Monitoring Services: Take advantage of the free services provided by Kroll through the link provided above.
  • Place Fraud Alerts: Contact one of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion) to place a fraud alert on your credit reports.
  • Consider a Credit Freeze: This prevents creditors from accessing your credit report, making it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name.
  • Report Suspicious Activities: If you detect any suspicious activity, immediately report it to the relevant financial institutions and law enforcement agencies.

For detailed instructions on placing fraud alerts or credit freezes, visit the Federal Trade Commission's guide on identity theft.

About Summit State Bank

Summit State Bank, based in Santa Rosa, California, is a community-oriented financial institution dedicated to providing exceptional service and supporting the local economy. The bank prides itself on its strong financial stability and commitment to customer service, making it a trusted partner for both personal and business banking needs. For more information, visit their website at Summit State Bank.

For further details on the data breach, you can access the official disclosure on the California Attorney General's website.

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