Accellion Data Breach (State of WA) Lawsuit Investigation

Breach puts 1.6 million WA residents at risk of identity theft, financial fraud

On February 1, 2021, the Office of the Washington State Auditor announced a massive data breach that compromised personal information of approximately 1.6 million individuals in the State of Washington. Hackers obtained this data by exploiting security weaknesses in software offered by Washington’s vendor, Accellion.

Our consumer protection attorneys are pursuing a lawsuit against Accellion for inadequately protecting individuals’ sensitive data.

If you believe your data was compromised, you may have a claim. Please contact our consumer protection attorneys for a free, confidential consultation.

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Accellion's files on Washington residents compromised by hackers

From at least December 2020 to January 2021, hackers exploited vulnerabilities in Accellion’s file transfer software to access files held by the Washington State Auditor’s Office.  These files contained sensitive information on Washington residents that was sourced from other state agencies, including the Employment Security Department and the Department of Children, Youth, and Family. Preliminary reports indicate that many of the individuals affected either had applied for state unemployment benefits in recent months or are state employees.

The sensitive information compromised in the breach includes:

  • Individual’s names
  • Social Security numbers
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • State ID numbers
  • Bank account and routing numbers
  • Place of employment

The disclosure of this information puts these individuals at serious risk of identity theft and devastating financial fraud.

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Eric Gibbs

A founding partner at the firm, Eric has negotiated groundbreaking settlements that favorably shaped laws and resulted in business practice reforms.

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David Berger

David represents consumers in data breach, privacy, and financial services litigation. He has prosecuted some of the largest privacy cases nationwide.

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Dylan Hughes

Dylan concentrates his practice on investigating and prosecuting fraud matters on behalf of whistleblowers, consumers, and employees.

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Tayler Walters

Tayler works with employees and consumers in mass arbitrations and mass torts to combat unfair business practices by corporations.

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