Security Incident - November 2021
Primmer, Piper, Eggleston, & Cramer PC values and respects the privacy and confidentiality of its clients and the information that they provide to us. Unfortunately we have become aware of an incident that may have involved some of the personal information stored on our network. While we are not aware of any instances of fraud or identity that has occurred as a result of this incident, we are notifying our community of the incident. We are sending letters to individuals who may have been involved and for whom we have a mailing address. To ensure those individuals for whom we do not have addresses for are notified, are also posting notice here.
In November 2021, Primmer discovered that an unauthorized third party gained access to its network and copied a limited amount of data to a foreign private hosting site. Upon learning of the incident, Primmer engaged a leading IT security firm to investigate and confirm the security of its computer systems. Primmer also worked with the hosting site and law enforcement to lock access to the data within two hours of it being uploaded, and had the site subsequently destroy the hosted data.
Primmer has no indication that any of the copied information has been used for fraud against any individual. As part of its investigation, Primmer reviewed the copied data for personal information. On April 14, 2022, Primmer determined that the data contained individuals’ personal information.
Primmer has arranged for complimentary identity protection and credit monitoring services for those individuals whose Social Security numbers or driver’s license numbers were potentially involved. The mailed notice will include information on steps individuals can take to protect themselves against potential fraud or identity theft.
Separate and aside from this incident, Primmer also recommends that all individuals regularly monitor credit reports, account statements and benefit statements. If individuals detect any suspicious activity, they should notify the entity with which the account is maintained, and promptly report any fraudulent activity to proper law enforcement authorities, including the police and their state attorney general. Additional information regarding identity protection can be obtained at www.ftc.gov/idtheft or by calling the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338).
Primmer takes its responsibility to safeguard personal information seriously and apologizes for any inconvenience or concern this incident might cause. Individuals seeking additional information may call a confidential, toll-free inquiry line at 855-544-2811 between 9:00am and 6:30pm EST, Monday through Friday (excluding major holidays).
Primmer wants to assure its clients that it is taking this matter very seriously. Primmer deeply regrets that this incident has occurred and greatly values its clients’ trust.