Sysmex America Data Breach Exposes Sensitive Info Including Social Security Numbers

By
Will Gendron
May 17, 2024 11:45 AM
Sysmex America data breach exposed names, SSNs, banking, and health info. Immediate steps taken to secure data.
Sysmex America Data Breach Exposes Sensitive Info Including Social Security Numbers

March 2024 Data Breach at Sysmex America

On February 23, 2024, Sysmex America detected unauthorized access to a few of its computer systems. An immediate investigation was launched with the aid of a third-party forensic firm to assess the breach and secure the network. The investigation revealed that from March 1, 2024, to March 3, 2024, an unauthorized party accessed specific files on Sysmex's systems. It is notable that a further breach occurred after the date the systems first detected unauthorized access.

Information Exposed

The breach compromised various types of personal information, including:

  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Banking information
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Credit card information
  • Health information

Sysmex America's Response

Upon discovering the breach, Sysmex America took immediate steps to secure its systems and mitigate any potential impact. The company has reviewed and enhanced its technical security measures to prevent future incidents. Additionally, Sysmex has notified law enforcement and is cooperating with their investigation.

To support those affected, Sysmex America is offering a complimentary two-year membership to Experian IdentityWorksSM Credit 3B, which provides services such as credit monitoring and identity theft resolution. Affected individuals can enroll in this program without affecting their credit scores. More details and enrollment instructions are provided in the consumer notice.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If your information was involved in this data breach, it is crucial to take immediate action to protect your identity:

  1. Enroll in the offered credit monitoring service to stay informed of any changes to your credit report that could indicate fraudulent activity.
  2. Monitor your financial accounts for any unauthorized transactions and alert your bank if you notice anything suspicious.
  3. Consider placing a fraud alert on your credit reports, which makes it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name. This can be done by contacting one of the three major credit bureaus.
  4. Review your credit reports regularly. You are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies once per year at AnnualCreditReport.com.
  5. Secure your personal information by updating passwords and using two-factor authentication where possible.

About Sysmex America INC

Sysmex America, Inc. is a leader in the distribution and support of automated in vitro diagnostic hematology, coagulation, and urinalysis analyzers, reagents, and information systems for laboratories and healthcare facilities across the Americas. Based in Lincolnshire, Illinois, the company is committed to advancing healthcare diagnostics to improve patient outcomes.

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