SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Upon experiencing unusual activity this filing season with an escalated number of rejected returns, Edgar & Associates LLP immediately hired IT consultants to investigate. On March 13, 2017, a specialized forensic IT firm determined that hackers had gained unauthorized access to Edgar & Associates LLP's system from a foreign IP address. After a thorough investigation, Edgar & Associates LLP has discovered that the unauthorized access occurred on April 1-2, 2016, and occurred through Remote Desktop Protocol between September 28, 2016 and November 3, 2016.
If you are or were an individual Edgar & Associates LLP client, this information may have included your: name, date of birth, telephone number(s), address, Social Security number, all employment (W-2) information, 1099 information (including account number if provided to Edgar & Associates LLP), and direct deposit bank account information (including account number and routing information if provided to Edgar & Associates LLP).
If you are or were an Edgar & Associates LLP entity client, this information may have included your: company name, Federal Employer Identification Number, address, telephone number; employee and/or 1099-recipient information (including account number if provided to Edgar & Associates LLP); bank or brokerage account information if provided to Edgar & Associates LLP; and partner, shareholder/officer or beneficiary names, addresses, and Social Security numbers.
If you were a partner, shareholder, employee, vendor, or beneficiary of an Edgar & Associates client, then the information may have included your: first and last name (or entity name), address, date of birth, Social Security number or EIN.
If you believe you may be affected from this incident, please call at 1-855-501-5741, or write at 7311 Greenhaven Drive, Suite 110, Sacramento, CA 95831.
Given the nature of the information potentially exposed, Edgar & Associates LLP strongly recommends the following steps be taken:
- Change all bank account numbers provided to Edgar & Associates LLP, or at a minimum remain vigilant by reviewing account statements.
- Establish and monitor free 90 day fraud alerts with the three credit reporting bureaus. Their telephone numbers and addresses are: Equifax (1-888-766-0008; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374), Experian (1-888-397-3742; P.O. Box 4500, Allen, TX 75013), and TransUnion (1-800-680-7289; P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19022-2000).
- Consider placing a credit freeze on your accounts. For more information: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs
- If you become a victim of identity theft, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at https://identitytheft.gov. The FTC also provides detailed and specific information about identity theft at their website, which you should review.
Lastly, you are entitled to a free credit report every year from the three credit bureaus at www.annualcreditreport.com; and one year of complimentary credit monitoring through AllClear ID has been purchased for you should you be affected.
Protecting your information is incredibly important to Edgar & Associates LLP. In addition to the steps outlined above, Edgar & Associates LLP notified the FBI, the IRS, the FTB, all three consumer reporting bureaus, the applicable state agencies, and it is reviewing office policies and procedures. It also hired additional IT security experts, and it is working with law enforcement in their investigation of the criminals.
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