Metropolitan Companies hacked; member personal information accessed

The Metropolitan Companies, Inc. which includes  Metropolitan Interpreters and Translators, Metlang LLC, Metropolitan Hospitality, Inc.,CTI Metropolitan LLC, and Metropolitan Temporaries  provides staffing resources for various organizations. They are in the process of notifying those who obtained work through them or who applied for work that a hacker appears to have accessed their systems and removed documents. Investigation into the breach revealed that the attacker may have contained individuals’ name, address, phone number, email address, Social Security number, date of birth, past education and work history, and certain financial information.

The breach was detected on April 21st.

In their letter, Steven M. Herfield, President and CEO, noted that they had no indication of any misuse of the information, but were offering those affected free credit monitoring, identity theft consultation and restoration services through Kroll for one year. He also assured members that “we have taken extensive measures to strengthen our IT security and prevent thistype of event from happening again. This includes increasing firewall protections, enhancing threat detectionand monitoring capabilities, and improving other data security measures.”

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