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Ameritas Mutual Phishing Attack Data Breach Class Action

As an insurance company, Ameritas Mutual Holding Company stores large amounts of personal information on individuals. In May 2019, it discovered it had suffered a data breach. The complaint for this class action alleges, “The Breach occurred because [Ameritas] failed to take reasonable measures to protect the Personal Identifiable Information it collected and stored.”

The class for this action is all persons whose Private Information was compromised as a result of the data breach discovered on or about May 2019 and who were sent notice of the data breach.

The complaint alleges that Ameritas “failed to implement data security measures designed to prevent this attack, despite repeated warnings t the healthcare industry, insurance companies, and associated entities about the risk of cyberattacks and the highly publicized occurrence of many similar attacks in the recent past on other healthcare providers.”

The cyberattack happened sometime around May 1-June 4, 2019. According to the complaint, hackers were able to get into the system through a phishing attack. The personally identifiable information (PII) accessed included dates of birth, Social Security numbers, member ID numbers, employer names, and policy numbers. A little less than 40,000 people were affected.

Unfortunately, the complaint alleges they were not notified until August 13, 2019, three months after their information was obtained by the hackers.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff in this case, Cynthia Weisenberger, “has experienced various types of misuse regarding her PII over a two-year period, including unauthorized access to her e[-]mail accounts, fraudulent four credit cards closed over a period of two years, and consistent spam e[-]mails.” She reported the fraud to the police, who said they could not help her because they receive such a large number of data breach reports. She also filed a Federal Trade Commission fraud report.

The complaint alleges, “Ameritas offered Kroll credit monitoring, which does not guarantee security of Plaintiff’s information.” Furthermore, the complaint says, the “Kroll credit monitoring would have shared her information with third parties and could not guarantee complete privacy of her sensitive PII.” She elected not to disclose any more information to any company connected to Ameritas.

The complaint alleges that Ameritas “had obligations created by industry standards, common law, and representations made” to keep confidential the private information on file with it, and to protect this information from unauthorized access.

The complaint alleges negligence, breach of implied contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and violation of the Nebraska Consumer Protection Act, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Privacy

Most Recent Case Event

Ameritas Mutual Phishing Attack Data Breach Complaint

August 17, 2021

As an insurance company, Ameritas Mutual Holding Company stores large amounts of personal information on individuals. In May 2019, it discovered it had suffered a data breach. The complaint for this class action alleges, “The Breach occurred because [Ameritas] failed to take reasonable measures to protect the Personal Identifiable Information it collected and stored.”

Ameritas Mutual Phishing Attack Data Breach Complaint

Case Event History

Ameritas Mutual Phishing Attack Data Breach Complaint

August 17, 2021

As an insurance company, Ameritas Mutual Holding Company stores large amounts of personal information on individuals. In May 2019, it discovered it had suffered a data breach. The complaint for this class action alleges, “The Breach occurred because [Ameritas] failed to take reasonable measures to protect the Personal Identifiable Information it collected and stored.”

Ameritas Mutual Phishing Attack Data Breach Complaint
Tags: Exposing Private Information, Exposure to cyber crime, Your Privacy