Millions of Americans impacted by debt collector data breach

The breach increases the risk of identity theft and phishing attacks, prompting individuals to exercise caution with their personal details.

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A massive data breach has hit Financial Business and Consumer Solutions (FBCS), a debt collection agency, affecting millions of Americans. Initially reported in February 2024, the breach was found to have exposed the personal information of around 1.9 million individuals in the US, which later increased to 3 million in June. Compromised data includes full names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and driver’s license or ID card numbers. FBCS has notified the affected individuals and relevant authorities.

The breach occurred on 14 February but was discovered by FBCS on 26 February. The company notified the public in late April, explaining that the delay was due to their internal investigation rather than any law enforcement directives. The leaked information could include various personal details such as names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and medical records, though not all affected individuals had all types of data exposed.

FBCS has strengthened its security measures in response to the breach and built a new secure environment. Additionally, they offer those impacted 24 months of free credit monitoring and identity restoration services. The company advises everyone affected to be vigilant about sharing personal information and to monitor their bank accounts for any suspicious activity to protect against potential phishing and identity theft.