Approximately 24 million mortgage documents were reportedly leaked after a server configuration may have led to an Ascension data breach. According to reports issued by TechCrunch and security researcher Bob Diachenko, a database containing financial and banking documents from a number of large U.S. banks had been exposed for an undetermined amount of time in January 2019. Individuals who were potentially affected by the breach may be able to seek compensation with the help of a data breach lawsuit attorney.
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Security Researcher: Highly Sensitive Data Could Have Been Exposed
On January 15, 2019, Ascension, a data and analytics company based in Fort Worth, Texas, learned that some mortgage-related documents had been exposed as a result of a configuration error with an Elasticsearch server. According to a report issued by Bob Diachenko, the documents more than likely contained highly sensitive data, including social security numbers, names, phone numbers, addresses, credit history, and other information usually included in a mortgage or credit report.
According to TechCrunch, the documents contained information from as far back as 2008. Banks and lenders where the mortgages were held possibly include CitiFinancial, HSBC Life Insurance, Wells Fargo, CapitalOne, as well as the Department of Housing and Urban Development. An attorney with Ascension’s parent company, Rocktop Partners, said that the data firm is working with “third-party forensics experts to investigate the situation” and that they were “in regular contact” with law enforcement and other technology partners.
Consumers Affected by an Ascension Data Breach May Be Entitled to Compensation
Data breaches can possibly lead to serious problems for those affected, including the loss of personal, financial or health information. When financial information is wrongfully accessed, victims could be required to pay fees for monitoring their credit to ensure their credit score isn’t negatively impacted from the violation. In some cases, data breach victims may need to make sure they don’t become a victim of identity theft and may also have to pay to receive a credit report to check on fraudulent charges.
Victims of data breaches may be entitled to receive compensation for any personal information that may have been compromised, and the responsible party may be liable for financial losses resulting from a data breach. Affected consumers should seek legal counsel from an Ascension data breach lawsuit attorney to get more information about their rights and remedies.
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