There are many different ways a person’s information can be stolen in a data breach. General Electric (GE), one of the largest electronics companies in the world, announced that it had information of current and previous employees’ exposed through a Canon data breach.
On February 28, 2020, GE was notified that there was a third-party data breach affecting their employees’ sensitive information. The third-party provider, Canon Business Process Services, suffered an email breach of one of its employee’s email accounts. The account, which is believed to have been accessed sometime between February 3 and February 14, led to secure documents that more than 280,000 employees had uploaded to GE during the course of their employment.
These documents provided personally identifiable information (PII), including Social Security numbers, passport numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank account numbers for direct deposit and more. Information on the employees’ beneficiaries was also compromised.
Canon is providing coverage for GE employees who were impacted by the Canon data breach , including two years of identity protection and credit monitoring. Victims of the Canon data breach will be notified by letter and have until June 30, 2020, to take advantage of the services that are being offered.
In the Canon data breach or any data breach event, the notification letter is a very important part of the process. It informs the recipients of what incident occurred, what information is believed to have been stolen, what steps the victims can take to protect themselves and any support that is being provided to protect the victims. The letter itself serves as more than just a notification; in the event the identity thieves use the victims’ information in a criminal way, it can also provide some proof that the victims’ information was actually stolen. If someone believes they are a victim of the Canon data breach that affected GE, the Identity Theft Resource Center is standing by to provide information and resources, and to help victims create an action plan tailored to their needs. Victims are encouraged to live chat with an expert advisor or to call toll-free at 888.400.5530. If victims call, they will have to leave a message due to advisors working remotely. However, advisors will work to return calls as soon as possible.
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