From the: Winter/Spring 2023 Consumer Services Newsletter

Prepare for an Examination

The start of a new year is a good time to renew efforts to maintain the highest level of cybersecurity possible. Already in 2023, the Washington Attorney General’s Office received reports of 19 data breaches involving Washington consumers.

See: Data breaches reported to the Attorney General’s Office.

Below is a sample of occurrence summaries from October through December, 2022. These are just five of the 42 breaches reported.

Date Reported Organization Name Date of Breach Number of Washingtonians Affected Type of Company/Information Compromised
12/16/2022 Snohomish County PUD No. 1 01/01/2015 1132 Utility/Name; Social Security Number; Full Date of Birth; Email Address and Password/Security Question Answers; Other
12/16/2022 Hope College   1225 Education Provider/Name; Social Security Number; Driver's License or Washington ID Card Number; Full Date of Birth; Student ID Number
12/07/2022 Veros Credit 12/10/2021 535 Financial Services Related/Birth; Passport Number; Health Insurance Policy or ID Number; Medical Information; Username and Password/Security Question Answers
12/02/2022 Snap Finance LLC and Snap RTO LLC 06/23/2022 1266 Financial Services Related/Name; Social Security Number; Driver's License or Washington ID Card Number; Financial & Banking Information
11/23/2022, LLC 11/01/2020 801 Financial Services/Financial & Banking Information

Reports of cybersecurity incidents continues to show that the greatest cyber risk is the loss of protected data because of malware and ransomware attacks. Phishing, emails and phone calls, are the gateway to most attack methods.