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Ongoing Operations – Data Breach Investigation

In this age of technology, amidst a world of encroaching cybersecurity threats, your personal information is more vulnerable than ever. Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel has the experience and expertise litigating data breach matters, providing compensation to victims of data breaches, and requiring businesses to enhance their data security practices to protect their consumers. If you think your information may have been compromised in a data breach, please call us at 312.782.4880 or reach us via email at lnichols@caffertyclobes.com.

According to a notice posted on their website, Ongoing Operations, a subsidiary of Trellance Cooperative Holdings, Inc., experienced a cyber security incident on November 26th, 2023.  This incident has likely compromised many individuals’ highly sensitive personal information. 

Ongoing Operations has not yet disclosed how many individuals’ highly sensitive information has been breached. The information accessed within the breach could potentially include Social Security numbers, phone numbers, email addresses, home addresses, financial account numbers, driver’s licenses, government-issued ID numbers (e.g. passport, state ID card), and more. They recently began sending data breach notification letters to individuals whose information was affected by the incident.

The Ongoing Operations data breach is a serious matter that could inflict far-reaching consequences for those affected. The exposure of personally identifiable information, especially names and Social Security numbers, poses a significant risk of identity theft, such as criminals opening financial accounts, taking out loans, filing fraudulent tax returns, and obtaining government services in the victim’s name. Personally identifiable information can also be exposed on the Dark Web, which poses a serious threat toward the privacy and safety of many individuals. According to a recent FTC survey, the total cost of identity theft is nearly $50 billion per year, with victims losing an average of nearly $5,000 from the misuse of their personal and financial information. The exposure of protected medical information can pose an even greater danger of identity theft—such as obtaining medical services in the victim’s name, which will be charged to the victim. 

Ongoing Operations’s data breach may have exposed you to a heightened risk of fraud and identity theft. It is critical that you closely monitor your financial accounts. You could be at risk of incurring additional out-of-pocket costs for purchasing credit monitoring services, credit freezes, credit reports, or other protective measures to deter and detect identity theft.

Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel has the experience and expertise litigating data breach matters, providing compensation to victims of data breaches, and requiring businesses to enhance their data security practices to protect their consumers. If you suspect your sensitive personal information may have been compromised in the Ongoing Operations data breach, you must take action to protect both your personal and financial well-being. Please call us at 312.782.4880 or reach us via email at lnichols@caffertyclobes.com.

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December 13, 2023