WIS International Data Breach: Employee Info Exposed

By
Will Gendron
Apr 16, 2024 11:08 AM
WIS International data breach exposed Social Security Numbers. Immediate actions taken, no ongoing risk. Affected? Enroll in free identity protection.

Data Breach Discovered March 15, 2024

On March 15, 2024, WIS International discovered a significant data breach involving the accidental sharing of sensitive employee information. An employee in the Human Resources department mistakenly attached a spreadsheet containing personal data to an email sent to several District Managers. The error was quickly realized, and immediate steps were taken to mitigate the impact.

Information Exposed

  • Social Security Number

WIS International's Response

Upon discovering the breach, WIS International's IT department acted swiftly to delete the email from their servers and the recipients' accounts to prevent further exposure. The company has confirmed that the attachment and the email were permanently deleted. They also contacted each recipient to ensure the deletion of the spreadsheet. WIS International has provided assurances that there is no evidence of misuse or continued risk from this incident.

Furthermore, WIS International has arranged for affected individuals to receive one year of complimentary identity protection services through Experian. This service includes identity restoration, fraud detection tools, and credit monitoring to safeguard against potential identity theft.

What Affected Individuals Should Do

If you believe you were affected by this data breach, it is crucial to remain vigilant and proactive in monitoring your personal information. Here are several steps you can take:

  1. Activate the Offered Identity Protection: Enroll in the Experian IdentityWorksSM service using the provided activation code. This service will help monitor your credit and alert you to potential fraud.
  2. Monitor Your Accounts: Keep an eye on your financial statements and accounts for any unauthorized activity. Report any suspicious transactions immediately.
  3. Review Your Credit Reports: You can obtain a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus at AnnualCreditReport.com.
  4. Consider a Fraud Alert or Credit Freeze: Placing a fraud alert or a credit freeze on your credit files can make it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name.

For more detailed steps and contact information for initiating these protections, please refer to the Notice to Consumers provided by WIS International.

About WIS International

WIS International is a prominent global provider of inventory and data collection services. The company is known for its innovative technology solutions tailored to the retail industry, helping businesses optimize their operations and data accuracy.

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