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Estes Express Lines – 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 .

On October 1st, 2023, Estes Express Lines experienced a data security incident that potentially breached highly sensitive personal and financial information belonging to its employees. The LTL carrier initially alerted its customers to an “ongoing IT infrastructure outage” that was later confirmed as a cyber attack. Recently, they began notifying individuals whose information may have been impacted via mail. 

Estes Express Lines 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, health insurance information, phone numbers, email addresses, date of birth, annual income, tax information, financial account numbers, driver’s licenses, and more.  

Estes Express Lines’ recent 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. 

Employees of Estes Express Lines, you have potentially been exposed to a heightened risk of fraud and identity theft and must now 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 or medical information may have been compromised in the Estes Express Lines 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 8, 2023