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.
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.