On July 26, 2022, the DigiPen Institute of Technology reported a data breach after an unauthorized party gained access to files on the DigiPen Network containing sensitive consumer information. However, DigiPen has neither posted a breach notice on its website nor publicly disclosed the types of data compromised as a result of the breach. Thus, it remains to be seen what risks the victims of the breach will face. However, after confirming the breach and identifying all affected parties, DigiPen Institute of Technology recently began sending data breach letters to all affected parties.
If you have received a data breach notification, it is essential that you understand what is at risk and what you can do about it. To learn more about how to protect yourself from fraud or identity theft and what your legal options are following the DigiPen Institute of Technology data breach, please see our recent article on the subject. here.
What we know about the DigiPen Institute of Technology data breach
Based on the limited information available, on May 1, 2022, DigiPen detected a data security incident after experiencing difficulty accessing its computer system. In response, DigiPen secured its systems, notified law enforcement, and worked with third-party cybersecurity professionals to investigate the incident.
On June 15, 2022, DigiPen learned that an unauthorized party had accessed certain files and data stored on its servers. After discovering that sensitive consumer data was accessible to an unauthorized party, DigiPen Institute of Technology reviewed all affected files to determine what information was compromised and which consumers were impacted by the incident.
On July 26, 2022, DigiPen Institute of Technology sent data breach letters to everyone whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
More information about the DigiPen Institute of Technology
DigiPen Institute of Technology is a private, for-profit university based in Redmond, Washington, with branch campuses in Singapore and Bilbao, Spain. DigiPen offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a variety of programs, including computer science, animation, video game development, game design, sound design, and computer engineering. DigiPen currently has approximately 2,500 students, the vast majority of whom are enrolled in the school’s undergraduate programs. DigiPen Institute of Technology employs over 329 people and generates approximately $94 million in annual revenue.
How can victims of a data breach protect themselves against identity theft and other fraud?
The biggest risk following a data breach is that a hacker will use your personal information to steal your identity or sell your information to someone else who intends to do the same. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to prevent a data breach because once you provide your information to an organization, you essentially trust them to keep your information secure. However, there are steps you can take after a data breach to limit the risk of a cybercriminal using your information to steal your identity.
Determine what data has been compromised
The first step after a data breach is to review the letter sent by the organization that suffered the breach, identifying what information about you has been compromised. Although the steps below apply to all breaches, you must follow some additional steps if a breach involves very sensitive information such as your social security number. Indeed, you can still close your bank and credit card accounts, preventing a hacker from doing further damage, but you’re stuck with your social security number, even if it falls into the hands of a criminal. .
Stay vigilant in verifying your online accounts
In most cases, hackers try to use the stolen information as quickly as possible. However, it may take a while for criminals to obtain other necessary information before attempting to steal your identity. Thus, it is imperative that you diligently check your online bank and credit card accounts, as well as your credit report.
Sign up for free credit monitoring
Credit monitoring usually costs between $20 and $40 per month. However, following a data breach, companies usually offer victims free credit monitoring for a period of time. Accepting a company on its free credit monitoring offer does not affect your rights to sue for a data breach in the event the company’s negligence was a cause of the violation.
Consider a fraud alert or credit freeze
By contacting one of the three major credit bureaus, you can place a fraud alert or a credit freeze on your credit accounts. A fraud alert informs potential creditors that your information has recently been leaked, warning them that it may not be you requesting a new line of credit. A credit freeze prevents any company from withdrawing your credit without your prior approval. The Identity Theft Resource Center notes that freezing credit on your credit account is the best way to prevent fraud following a data breach.
Those wishing to learn more about their options following a breach should contact an experienced data breach attorney for immediate assistance.