We are no longer pursuing a class action at this time.
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.
Information which was stolen from the Landstar data breach includes:
First and Last Names
Social Security Numbers
Salary and Deductions
Possible Damages which may have happened due to the Landstar Data Breach
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.
If the thief is successful in attaining a credit card, the thief may make a number of large purchases in your name and not pay the bill. This would leave the victim receiving phone calls from the credit card company about a wrongful debt that they may know nothing about and should not be held responsible for. If the wrongful debt isn’t cleared up, the account could move into collections which could affect a person’s credit rating.
If the thief is not successful in attaining a credit card, it still gets recorded as an attempt to view your credit score. If enough attempts are made in a year, it may also lower your credit rating as well. So if one thief tries several times to get a card with this information, and is turned down, this could hinder possible future attempts to get loans or credit cards in the future.