Earlier this year, news broke that a ransomware group began wreaking havoc, targeting the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services groups all over the world. Now reports are stating that nearly 40 thousand Delaware residents have potentially had their private data stolen in relation to the multi-insurance company data breach.
Which Insurance Providers Were Affected by the Data Breach?
As mentioned, several insurance companies had their data breached through a third-party file transfer services system known as MOVEit. The software system was hacked by an unauthorized user group that has been stealing, exposing, and holding clients' private information for ransom. Delaware residents who may be agents, policyholders, or beneficiaries of the listed insurance companies should be aware that the data breach may have compromised their private information.
Below, we have provided you with a comprehensive list of the insurance companies affected by these data breaches:
- Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Co.
- Annuity Investors Life Insurance Co.
- American National Insurance Co.
- Brighthouse Life Insurance Co.
- Clear Spring Life and Annuity Company
- Delaware Life Insurance Company
- Fidelity Life Assoc.
- Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Co.
- Genworth Life Insurance Company
- Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Co.
- Genworth Life Insurance Co. of NY
- Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware
- MassMutual Ascend Life Insurance Co.
- Manhattan National Life Insurance Co.
- Nassau Life and Annuity Co.
- Progressive Casualty Insurance
- RiverSource Life Insurance Co.
- Sun Life and Health Insurance Co.
- Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
- Teachers Insurance and Annuity Assoc.
- Texas Life Insurance Co.
- Talcott Resolution Life Insurance Co.
- Talcott Resolution Life and Annuity Ins. Co.
- The Independent Order of Foresters
- TransAmerica Life Insurance Co.
- Wilcac Life Insurance Co.
- Wilton Reassurance Company
- Wilton Reassurance Life Co. of NY
According to the reports posted by the state, more than 37,500 residents may have had their private data compromised. To learn more, Delaware residents should contact their insurance policy holder regarding if they were impacted, as well as an attorney.
What Delaware Residents Can Do To Protect Their Private Information
Since the announcement of the insurance company data breaches caused by MOVEit on June 26th, 2023, as well as other data security events, the state of Delaware’s Insurance Data Security Act was triggered into effect. The Insurance Data Security Act is an additional proactive data security measure required by the state when a data breach occurs. The act ensures the following must occur:
- There is an investigation of a cybersecurity event and correction of compromised information systems.
- There are detailed reports sent to the Insurance Commissioner.
- Consumers who are affected by the breach or cyber security incident are notified within 60 days, except in cases where federal law or law enforcement agencies require or request modified timelines.
- Consumers must be provided with credit monitoring services at no cost to them for a period of at least one year in addition to receiving information regarding freezing their credit.
Aside from the actions taken by the Insurance Data Security Act, in order to help protect your personal information after a data breach, residents in Delaware should immediately notify their bank that their personal information was accessed during a data breach. This way, your banking institution can take care of your account, noting or flagging any unusual purchases, withdrawals, or actions.
Victims should freeze their credit report to avoid any new activity on their current credit cards account or any potentially new cards opened without their consent. Freezing your credit will also help prevent any other impacting actions from being taken against your social security number. On top of your own monitoring of your accounts, you should also request frequent credit reports to ensure you are up to date with any actions taken on your personal information.
As mentioned in the Insurance Data Security Act, while companies are required to provide victims credit monitoring services, millions of people have been affected, and companies may often take time to roll out these provided services. Until they are able to reach out to you and provide you the security monitoring for added safety, we highly recommend you enroll in identity theft recovery services or a credit monitoring service.
Contact With a Morgan & Morgan Insurance Company Data Breach Attorney
Delaware State residents should also seek to speak with an experienced attorney after they’ve had their private information exposed due to one of the insurance company data breaches. An attorney can help provide you with further information about the data breach, as well as help guide you through the legal processes to ensure you are fully aware of what your options are and what your next steps should be when it comes to the protection of your private information.
If you are a Delaware State resident and believe your information may have been accessed by an unauthorized party due to one of the insurance company data breaches, contact a Morgan & Morgan attorney today. Delaware victims can contact our law firm by completing our free, no-obligation case evaluation form today.