Surety HR Data Breach: 12-Day Security Incident Impact

By
Will Gendron
May 22, 2024 9:08 AM
Data breach at Surety HR exposed Social Security, bank account numbers. Steps to protect your identity detailed.
Surety HR Data Breach: 12-Day Security Incident Impact

The January 2024 Data Breach

Between January 16, 2024, and January 28, 2024, Surety HR experienced a significant security incident, which was subsequently discovered on January 31, 2024. This breach involved unauthorized access to sensitive personal information. The exact method of the breach has not been disclosed, but the impact is clear—sensitive data was compromised.

Information Exposed

  • Social Security Numbers
  • Bank account numbers
  • Routing numbers

Surety HR's Response

Upon discovering the breach, Surety HR acted swiftly to contain and neutralize the vulnerability. They initiated a forensic investigation to determine the extent of the incident and understand how the breach occurred. To bolster their defenses against future incidents, Surety HR has implemented additional security measures and engaged cybersecurity experts to refine their security posture. Collaboration with Spooner, their parent company, ensures enhanced oversight and vigilance in their operational security.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

Given the nature of the data involved, it is crucial for affected individuals to take immediate action to protect themselves from potential identity theft and financial fraud:

  1. Place a Security Freeze on Your Credit Reports: This prevents credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name without your consent. Contact each of the three major credit bureaus to set this up:
    1. Equifax: Equifax Freeze
    2. Experian: Experian Freeze
    3. TransUnion: TransUnion Freeze
  1. Monitor Your Financial Accounts: Check your bank statements and monitor your accounts for any unauthorized transactions. Report any suspicious activity to your bank immediately.
  2. Consider Identity Theft Protection Services: Surety HR offers complimentary access to Experian IdentityWorks for 24 months. This service includes identity detection, credit monitoring, and identity restoration support. Enroll by August 30, 2024, using the provided activation code at Experian IdentityWorks.
  3. Report Identity Theft: If you suspect that your identity has been compromised, file a report with your local police and obtain a copy of the report. This can help you in clearing your name and credit history.

About Surety HR

Surety HR, part of the Spooner Risk Control family, specializes in human resources solutions including payroll services, legal counsel, and HR expertise.

For further details on the breach and to access the Notice to Consumers, please visit the Massachusetts Attorney General's website.

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