CiCi Enterprises LP Announces Data Breach | Console and Associates, PC

On August 23, 2022, CiCi Enterprises LP (“CiCi’s Pizza”) confirmed that the company suffered a data breach after an unauthorized party gained access to sensitive consumer data contained on CiCi’s network. According to CiCi, the breach resulted in the compromise of names, social security numbers, and financial account information (including credit/debit card numbers and bank account information). Recently, CiCi sent data breach letters to all affected parties, informing them of the incident and what they can do to protect themselves against identity theft and other fraud.

If you have received a data breach notification, it is essential that you understand what is at risk and what you can do about it. To learn more about how to protect yourself against fraud or identity theft and what your legal options are following the CiCi’s Pizza data breach, please see our recent article on the subject. here.

More information on CiCi’s Pizza data breach

The CiCi’s Pizza breach was only reported very recently, so information about the breach is very limited. However, based on documents filed by the company with the Texas Attorney General, the breach involved the names, social security numbers and financial account information of 685 people in Texas alone. However, since CiCi has only reported to the Texas Attorney General at this point, it remains to be seen how many people in total the breach has affected.

On August 23, 2022, CiCi’s Pizza sent data breach letters to everyone whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.

Founded in 1985, CiCi Enterprises LP, better known as CiCi’s Pizza, is a pizza chain based in Coppell, Texas. CiCi’s operates some of its more than 300 locations itself, but many of the company’s restaurants are franchises operated by independent franchisees. CiCi has locations in 24 states across the country. CiCi’s Pizza employs over 700 people and generates approximately $129 million in annual revenue.

Protect yourself after a data breach

Data breaches are increasingly common. In fact, so far in 2022, an estimated 53 million people have had their information exposed as a result of a data breach. However, despite the frequency with which these incidents occur and the risks they present, there is still widespread misunderstanding among businesses and individuals about the seriousness of data security. Although the initial burden of preventing cyberattacks falls on businesses, it is essential that victims of a data breach understand what they can do to protect themselves after a data security event has exposed their personal information.

Read the data breach letter carefully

The first thing to do after receiving a data breach letter is to review it carefully to determine what information was involved in the breach. You should pay special attention if a breach affects your social security number, financial information, or protected health information, as these are the easiest hackers to use to commit identity theft and other types of fraud. .

Protect your accounts (and your credit)

Once you’ve identified the types of data that have been compromised, the next step is to limit access to your online health, financial, and social media accounts. This includes changing all your passwords and security questions. For sites that allow you to sign up for two-factor or multi-factor authentication, you must do so, as it is an additional layer of protection.

Sign up for free credit monitoring

After a data breach, the company that leaked your information will usually offer free credit monitoring. Most companies provide 12-24 months of this service, which usually costs around $30/month. It’s not a gimmick, and signing up for free credit monitoring does not affect any of your rights to pursue a claim against the company. Although free credit monitoring is no guarantee against identity theft or other fraud, it can help alert you to suspicious activity.

Consider a credit freeze or fraud alert

If you think your social security number or financial account information has been compromised, consider freezing your credit account. You can do this by contacting one of the three major credit reporting agencies. A credit freeze prevents anyone from accessing your credit report without your approval. Credit freezes last until you remove them; however, you can still allow spot credit checks if you need to apply for a loan or open a new account. If you don’t think a credit freeze is necessary, you should at least add a fraud alert to your credit profile, which alerts potential lenders that your information has recently been compromised by a data breach.

Frequently monitor your credit report and financial accounts

Protecting yourself after a data breach requires continuous effort on your part. Often the information that hackers obtain through data breaches does not have an “expiration date”, and although most hackers try to use the information as quickly as possible, this is not always the case. Thus, it is imperative that you constantly monitor your credit report and financial accounts, keeping an eye out for any signs of fraud or identity theft.

Those with questions about what to do after a data breach or the rights of victims after a data breach should contact an experienced data breach attorney for immediate assistance.

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