(I should have remembered to anticipate press releases after 3 pm on the Friday of a big holiday weekend. Here’s another one:)
On November 27, 2017, Veyna & Forschino (V&F) encountered suspicious activity on one company email account. V&F immediately began investigating the matter and contacted its local IT firm who disabled access. Further, V&F hired a specialized forensic IT firm to assist in the investigation.
On December 8, 2017, the specialized third party forensic IT firm determined that there was unauthorized access between November 6, 2017 and November 24, 2017 to one company computer workstation through a remote desktop application. In addition to the one email account, the specialized third party forensic IT firm determined that specific electronic files and V&F’s 2016 tax preparation software folder was accessed.
Information included individuals’ name, date of birth, telephone number(s), address, Social Security number, all employment (W-2) information, 1099 information (including account number if provided to V&F), and direct deposit bank account information (including account number and routing information if provided to V&F). Each individual may have been impacted differently.
If you believe your information may have been maintained by V&F but you did not receive a written notice, please call toll free number 1-800-939-4170, or write them at 4880 Stevens Creek Blvd., #200, San Jose, CA 95129.
Given the nature of the information potentially exposed, V&F strongly recommends the following steps be taken:
- Establish and monitor free 90-day fraud alerts with the three credit reporting bureaus. Their telephone numbers and addresses are: Equifax (1-888-766-0008; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA30374), Experian (1-888-397-3742; P.O. Box 4500, Allen, TX 75013), and TransUnion (1-800-680-7289; P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19022-2000).
- Consider placing a credit freeze on your accounts which will make it more difficult for someone to open an account. For more information: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs
- If you become a victim or suspect identity theft, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at https://identitytheft.gov and law enforcement. The FTC also provides detailed and specific information about identity theft at their website, which we recommend you review.
Lastly, you are entitled to a free credit report every year from the three credit bureaus at www.annualcreditreport.com and one year of complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft insurance has been purchased for you should you be affected.
Protecting your information is incredibly important to V&F. In addition to the above, V&F notified all three consumer reporting bureaus, law enforcement, and the applicable state agencies, and they are reviewing security policies and procedures to ensure all appropriate steps are taken. Again, if you are not certain whether your information could be affected, please call toll free number 1-800-939-4170, or write them at 4880 Stevens Creek Blvd., #200, San Jose, CA 95129.
SOURCE Veyna & Forschino