The personal information of over 1,300 employees may have been stolen during two separate Landstar data breaches.
New of the Landstar data breach originally broke that the Jacksonville base company had been the victim of 2 separate phishing attacks which happened once in March 2015 and another time in April 2016. The investigation found out that a hacker sent an email posing as a Landstar employee and received a reply email which had the W-2’s for all Landstar employees.
Identity thieves could be able to create a lot of potential problems for victims of the data breach. With the information stolen, Identity thieves may have filled out fraudulent tax returns using the credentials on the W-2. The victim may have to contact the IRS and complete a number of forms to prove that they were the victim of identity theft. Once the tax incident report is filed it may take 180 days or longer for the funds to finally be reimbursed.
Another problem which could affect victims of the data breach is that ID thieves could use the stolen information to apply for credit cards, loans, or apply for other lines of credit.
This could be a serious problem for two reasons.