Immigration law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, one of the most prominent US law firms covering immigration law, disclosed a data breach.
The security breach exposed current and former Google employees’ personal information after an unauthorized third party gained access to a single file containing personal information relating to I-9 employment verification services.
The firm discovered the intrusion on September 24, 2020 and engaged a digital forensic investigation firm to assist with this investigation.
“We recently became aware of suspicious activity within our computer network. While our investigation is ongoing, we discovered that an unauthorized third party gained access to a single file containing personal information relating to I-9 employment verification services. This file contained personal information for a discrete number of Googlers (and former Googlers), including you,” reads the data breach notification sent to the impacted people.
A Form I-9 is filled out by all US employees to verify their identity and employment authorization for employment in the United States.
The form contains employee’s information, including full name, date of birth, phone number, social security number, passport numbers, mailing address, and email address,
Exposed data could be abused by crooks to carry out multiple malicious activities, including identity theft. Users should be vigilant and report to the authorities any suspicious activities.
Fragomen is offering one year of free credit monitoring to the affected Google’s employees.
“We are offering complimentary identity theft protection and credit monitoring services to all Googlers (and former Googlers) who may have been affected by this incident in countries where these services are available. These services are available through IDX, the data breach and recovery services expert.” continues the notification notice. “IDX identity protection services include: 12 months of credit and CyberScan monitoring, a $1,000,000 insurance reimbursement policy, and fully managed ID theft recovery services. With this protection, IDX will help you resolve issues if your identity is compromised.”
(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Fragomen)