SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Keller Grover LLP is investigating recent reports that eHealthInsurance Services, Inc. may have suffered a data breach involving its employees' highly confidential personal information, including name, address, Social Security number and 2016 compensation.
According to a letter sent to affected employees, eHealth fell victim to an email spoofing attack in January 2017. In response to the email spoofing attack, an eHealth employee disclosed employee 2016 W-2 forms. W-2 tax forms include the following highly sensitive information: (1) employee name; (2) employee address; (3) employee Social Security number; and (4) employee tax year wage information. With that information, a criminal can file fraudulent tax returns and open credit card accounts, amongst other illegal activities.
"W-2 tax information is highly confidential and employees count on their employer to protect that information from disclosure," says Keller Grover LLP attorney Robert Spencer. "For that reason, employers are required to give employees timely notice of data breaches."
Similar data breaches involving the failure to properly W-2 tax information have given rise to class action lawsuits. Similar lawsuits have been filed in connection with medical data breaches. Earlier this year, for example, St. Joseph Health Systems finalized a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit settlement in California involving St. Joseph's alleged failure to properly secure its network, allowing patient information to become publicly accessible on the internet.
If you have any information about the eHealth data breach or are a California resident that has been affected by a data breach and have questions, contact Keller Grover's attorneys at 866-663-3308 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keller Grover LLP is a leader in the field of privacy litigation and has represented clients in numerous W-2 and medical data breach class action cases, including lawsuits against Seagate, St. Joseph Health Systems, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, and Health Net. Keller Grover will not charge you for reviewing your information and all information that you provide to Keller Grover in the process of seeking legal advice will be held strictly confidential.
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