NYSARC Columbia County Chapter Provides Security Incident Notice

NEW YORK, September 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — NYSARC Columbia County Chapter (“NYSARC”) today confirmed that the company experienced a data incident in July 2022 and will send notices to affected individuals and relevant state and federal agencies regarding the incident.

On July 19, 2022, NYSARC Columbia County Chapter (“NYSARC”) detected irregular activity on their systems consistent with a typical ransomware attack. Out of an abundance of caution, NYSARC immediately began remediating the situation, including taking systems offline, hiring data security and privacy experts, contacting law enforcement, and simultaneously launching an investigation. Due to the complexity of the attack, the investigation is still ongoing; however, out of an abundance of caution, NYSARC provides this notice.

Based on information typically collected and maintained by NYSARC, names, addresses, date of birth, social security number and/or other state identification number may potentially be implicated. Limited customer health information may also be affected. However, the investigation is ongoing and specific details on the categories of information involved are not yet available. Note that this describes general categories of information collected and maintained by NYSARC, and it likely includes categories that are not relevant to every individual. As soon as NYSARC is able, individual notification letters will be sent to those affected with further details.

Upon learning of the Incident, NYSARC immediately implemented measures to further improve the security of its systems and practices. NYSARC has worked with a leading privacy and security company to assist them in their investigation and response, and is reporting this incident to the appropriate government agencies. NYSARC has also implemented additional security protocols designed to protect its network, messaging environment and systems.

The investigation is ongoing and the identity of those who were individually affected, if any, is not yet known. However, as a precaution, NYSARC encourages individuals to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud, review account statements and benefit explanation forms, and monitor free credit reports to detect any suspicious activity and detect errors. Under US law, individuals are entitled to one (1) free credit report per year from each of the three major credit bureaus. Additional information and resources are described below.

Equifax

Experian

Trans Union

https://www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/

https://www.experian.com/help/

https://www.transunion.com/credit-help

1-888-298-0045

1-888-397-3742

1-833-395-6938

Equifax Fraud Alert, PO Box 105069 Atlanta, GA 30348-5069

Experian Fraud Alert, PO Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion Fraud Alert, PO Box 2000, Chester, PA 19016

Equifax Credit Freeze, PO Box 105788 Atlanta, GA 30348-5788

Experian Credit Freeze, PO Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion Credit Freeze, PO Box 160, Woodlyn, PA 19094

Additionally, information regarding identity theft, fraud alerts, security freezes, and steps an individual can take to protect personal information may be obtained by contacting consumer reporting agencies, the Federal Trade Commission or the relevant State Attorney General. The Federal Trade Commission can be contacted at: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, washington d.c. 20580; www.identitytheft.gov; 1-877-ID-VOL (1-877-438-4338); and TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The Federal Trade Commission also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with them. Individuals may obtain further information on how to file such a complaint by calling 1-877-438-4338. Individuals must file a police report if they are a victim of identity theft or fraud. To file a report with law enforcement for identity theft, a person will likely need to provide proof that they have been a victim.

SOURCE NYSARC Columbia County Chapter

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