First American Financial Data Breach Class Action Investigation
Girard Sharp is investigating claims on behalf of homeowners who did business with title insurance company First American Financial Corporation.
First American reportedly leaked hundreds of millions of documents that contain sensitive personal information, including tax returns and social security numbers. The documents pertain to mortgage deals going back to 2003. By allowing the breach to occur, First American may have violated state and federal law.
Are you a First American customer? If so, you may have a claim for relief. Protect your rights by speaking with a Girard Sharp data privacy attorney—dial (415) 981-4800 or submit your information below.
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The Reported First American Breach
On May 24, 2019, cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs reported that title insurance company First American Financial Corporation leaked hundreds of millions of documents connected with mortgages dating back to 2003. The reportedly compromised records may show social security and bank account numbers, bank account statements, mortgage and tax records, and wire transaction receipts. According to Krebs, this sensitive information was available “to anyone with a web browser” without any need for authentication.
Affected consumers include anyone who has ever been sent a document link via email from First American.
First American issued the following statement on the breach:
“First American has learned of a design defect in an application that made possible unauthorized access to customer data. At First American, security, privacy and confidentiality are of the highest priority and we are committed to protecting our customers’ information. The company took immediate action to address the situation and shut down external access to the application. We are currently evaluating what effect, if any, this had on the security of customer information. We will have no further comment until our internal review is completed.”
If you have done business with or received an emailed document link from First American at any time from 2003 to the present, you may have a claim for relief. Girard Sharp has extensive experience in data breach litigation, serving in leadership positions on behalf of consumers whose sensitive data was compromised in the massive Target, Home Depot and Office of Personnel Management incidents, among others. Protect your rights by calling a Girard Sharp data privacy attorney (415-981-4800) or submitting your information above.