Morgan Brown & Joy, LLP Notifies Individuals of Data Security Incident
Boston, MA: November 2, 2021 – Morgan Brown & Joy, LLP (“MBJ”), a labor and employment law firm located in Boston, Massachusetts, has become aware of a data security incident that may have resulted in unauthorized access to the sensitive personal information of some individuals who are associated with the firm’s former or current clients or potential clients. MBJ is notifying via first-class mail any individual whose information may have been present during the unauthorized access to provide details about the incident, steps the firm is taking in response, and resources available to help protect against the potential misuse of personal information. MBJ sincerely regrets any concern or inconvenience this matter may cause, and remains dedicated to ensuring the privacy and security of all information in our control.
On April 12, 2021, MBJ became aware of suspicious activity involving an MBJ employee’s email account when there was evidence of fraudulent emails being sent from that account. Upon discovery of this incident, MBJ, with the assistance of a specialized cybersecurity firm, conducted a forensic investigation to determine the full nature and scope of this incident. The investigation included analysis of every MBJ mailbox and system to ensure the unauthorized individual was no longer present within the environment, and to identify which accounts and systems may have been impacted as a result of this unauthorized access. The forensic investigation concluded that two MBJ email accounts were compromised. Based on these findings, MBJ performed data mining on the affected accounts to identify the specific individuals and the types of information that may have been compromised. This took a considerable amount of time due to the size of the compromised accounts. On October 4, 2021, MBJ finalized the list of individuals to notify.
MBJ represents and advises employers of all sizes with respect to all types of issues related to labor and employment. The firm may have acquired personal information of employees and other individuals in relation to the legal representation of certain clients. Although MBJ has no evidence that any sensitive information has been misused as a result of this incident, individuals name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, driver’s license number, financial information, medical information, health insurance information, or other sensitive personal information may have been subject to unauthorized access. Notably, the types of information impacted varied by individuals and no single individual had all types of information impacted.
On November 2, 2021, MBJ notified individuals impacted by this incident, as well as, organizations that may be associated with an individual whose information was impacted. If you are an individual who did not receive a letter but believe may have been impacted by this incident, please call the number below to confirm. If your organization has communicated with MBJ, but did not receive a letter, it is not likely that an individual related to your organization was impacted by this incident.
MBJ is committed to doing everything they can to protect the privacy and security of the personal information in its care. Since the discovery of the incident, MBJ has taken and will continue to take steps to prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future. In light of the incident, MBJ is offering impacted individuals with complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services through CyberScout. MBJ encourages individuals who think their information may have been impacted to call 1-800-405-6108 (toll free) Monday through Friday, during the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (excluding U.S. national holidays) for more information.
Once again, MBJ sincerely regrets any concern or inconvenience this matter may cause, and remains dedicated to ensuring the privacy and security of all information in our control. For any media inquiries, please reach out to our PR contact, Lisa Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-835-0396.
While MBJ has no evidence of the misuse of any potentially affected individuals’ information, it is providing the following information to help those who want to know more about steps they can take to protect themselves and their personal information:
What Steps can I take to protect my personal information?
- You should always remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by reviewing credit card account statements and by monitoring your credit report for suspicious or unusual activity.
- Please notify your financial institution immediately if you detect any suspicious activity on any of your accounts, including unauthorized transactions or new accounts opened in your name that you do not recognize. You should also promptly report any fraudulent activity or any suspected incidents of identity theft to proper law enforcement authorities.
- You can request a copy of your credit report, free of charge, directly from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. To do so, free of charge once every 12 months, please visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll free at 1-877-322-8228. Contact information for the three nationwide credit reporting agencies is listed below.
- You have the right to file or obtain a police report if you experience identity fraud. Please note that in order to file a crime report or incident report with law enforcement for identity theft, you will likely need to provide proof that you have been a victim. A police report is often required to dispute fraudulent items. You can generally report suspected incidents of identity theft to local law enforcement or to the Attorney General.
- You can take steps recommended by the Federal Trade Commission to protect yourself from identity theft. The FTC’s website offers helpful information at www.ftc.gov/idtheft.
How do I obtain a copy of my credit report?
You may obtain a copy of your credit report, free of charge, whether or not you suspect any unauthorized activity on your account. You may obtain a free copy of your credit report from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. To order your free credit report, please visit www.annualcreditreport.com, or call toll-free at 1-877-322-8228. You can also order your annual free credit report by mailing a completed Annual Credit Report Request Form (available at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0155-free-credit-reports) to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA, 30348-5281.
How do I place a fraud alert on my account?
You can place fraud alerts with the three credit bureaus by phone or online. A fraud alert tells creditors to follow certain procedures, including contacting you, before they open any new accounts or change your existing accounts. For that reason, placing a fraud alert can protect you, but also may delay you when you seek to obtain credit. As of September 21, 2018, initial fraud alerts last for one year. Victims of identity theft can also get an extended fraud alert for seven years.
P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19016
P.O. Box 105069
Atlanta, GA 30348
How do I place a security freeze on my credit report?
You have the right to place a security freeze on your credit report. A security freeze is intended to prevent credit, loans, and services from being approved in your name without your consent. To place a security freeze on your credit report, you need to make a request to each consumer reporting agency. You may make that request by certified mail, overnight mail, regular stamped mail, or by following the instructions found at the websites listed below. The following information must be included when requesting a security freeze (note that if you are requesting a credit report for your spouse or a minor under the age of 16, this information must be provided for him/her as well): (1) full name, with middle initial and any suffixes; (2) Social Security number; (3) date of birth; (4) current address and any previous addresses for the past five years; and (5) any applicable incident report or complaint with a law enforcement agency or the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The request must also include a copy of a government-issued identification card and a copy of a recent utility bill or bank or insurance statement. It is essential that each copy be legible, display your name and current mailing address, and the date of issue. As of September 21, 2018, it is free to place, lift, or remove a security freeze. You may also place a security freeze for children under the age of 16. You may obtain a free security freeze by contacting any one or more of the following national consumer reporting agencies:
P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
P.O. Box 160
Woodlyn, PA 19094
P.O. Box 105788
Atlanta, GA 30348-5788
What should I do if my family member’s information was involved in the incident and is deceased?
We are sorry for your loss. To help protect your deceased family member, there are steps you can take to request a copy of your deceased family member’s credit report. An executor or surviving spouse can place a request to any of the three credit reporting agencies for a copy of the deceased individual’s credit report. An executor or surviving spouse can also request that the following two notices be placed on a deceased individual’s credit report:
- “Deceased – Do not issue credit”; or
- “If an application is made for credit, please notify the following person(s) (e.g. surviving relative, executor/trustee of the estate and/or local law enforcement agency – notifying the relationship).”
Contact information for the three nationwide credit reporting companies is as follows:
PO Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374
PO Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
PO Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834
For more information regarding identity theft and the deceased, please visit http://www.idtheftcenter.org and search for “FS 117 – Identity Theft and the Deceased – Prevention and Victim Tips.” You should also notify the Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service of the death of your family member and that you received this letter.