Recently, Sheridan Production Company III, LLC announced a startling data breach stemming from an external system breach, or a cyberattack. In an October 15, 2021 letter, the company explains that the breach exposed the full names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and financial account information of more than 32,000 people. Data breaches such as the one experienced by Sheridan Production Company III, LLC put consumers at a significantly increased risk of financial loss through identity theft and other crimes.
If you were among those who received a data breach notification letter from Sheridan Production Company III, LLC, it is imperative that you take the situation seriously. This data breach is especially concerning, given the breadth of information that may have been accessed. Thus, while having your information compromised during a data breach does not mean that you will fall victim to identify theft, the risk is such that it shouldn’t be ignored.
It is too early to tell if the recent data breach involving Sheridan Production Company III, LLC was due to the company’s mishandling of consumer data. However, data breach lawyers are looking into the company’s actions leading up to and in response to the event and can advise consumers impacted by the breach about their legal remedies.
Legal Remedies for Those Impacted by the Sheridan Production Company III, LLC. Data Breach
Companies that obtain your data have a legal responsibility to handle your information with care. This includes implementing the necessary security protocol to prevent unauthorized access. While there is not currently enough information to determine whether Sheridan Production Company III, LLC mishandled consumer data leading up to the breach, our data breach lawyers are currently investigating whether there is a possible class action lawsuit against Sheridan Production Company III, LLC based on the recent data breach. If you have questions about your ability to bring a Sheridan Production Company class action lawsuit, it is important you reach out to a data breach lawyer as soon as possible.
How Consumers Can Protect Themselves Following the Sheridan Production Company III, LLC. Data Breach
Hackers and other bad actors may engage in a cyberattack for many reasons; however, one of the most common reasons for a cyberattack is to obtain information that can later be used to assume the identity of those whose information they obtained. In some cases, hackers will sell consumers’ information to the highest bidder, who may use the data for similar purposes. While receiving a data breach notification letter is not a guarantee that you will experience identity theft, the situation warrants your attention and concern. By being proactive and taking the following steps, you may be able to avoid the most serious consequences of a data breach:
- Read the entire data breach letter issued by Sheridan Production III to determine what information of yours was compromised;
- Retain a copy of the data breach letter for your records;
- Enroll in the free credit monitoring service offered by the company;
- Change your passwords to all online accounts;
- Review your bank account and credit card statements regularly for any signs of unauthorized activity;
- Monitor your credit report often for any sudden or unexpected changes;
- Contact one of the three credit bureaus to add a fraud alert to your account; and
- Notify all banks and credit card companies of the data breach.
About Sheridan Production Company III, LLC
Sheridan Production Company III, LLC (“Sheridan Production III” is an oil and gas company based in Houston, Texas. The company was founded in 2006, and operates a portfolio of income-producing properties throughout east Texas. Currently, Sheridan Production III owns more than 1,130 wells, producing about 86,000 cubic feet of gas per day.
More About the Sheridan Production Company III, LLC Data Breach
On October 15, 2021, Sheridan Production Company III, LLC issued a letter to all affected individuals explaining that, due to a recent cyberattack, their personal, identifying and financial information was compromised. Noticeably, the Sheridan Production data breach letter is spare on details, only noting that, on September 29, 2021, the company “discovered unauthorized access” to its network.
Sheridan Production launched an internal investigation as well as retained the services of a cybersecurity firm, which revealed that an unauthorized party may have accessed the following information from 32,575 individuals from the company’s servers:
- First name,
- Last name,
- Social Security number,
- Tax ID number,
- Driver’s license number, and
- Financial account information.
Through further investigation, the company discovered that the unauthorized party may have accessed the data between August 14, 2021 and August 19, 2021.
Below is a copy of the Sheridan Production III data breach letter (the actual notice sent to consumers can be found here):
We are writing with important information regarding a recent security incident. The privacy and security of the personal information we maintain is of the utmost importance to Sheridan. We wanted to provide you with information about the incident, explain the services we are making available to you, and let you know that we continue to take significant measures to protect your information.
We recently discovered unauthorized access to our network.
What We Are Doing.
We immediately launched an investigation in consultation with outside cybersecurity professionals who regularly investigate and analyze these types of situations to analyze the extent of any compromise of the information on our network.
What Information Was Involved?
Based on our investigation, which concluded on September 29, 2021, we discovered that your full name, Social Security number/Tax ID number, driver’s license number, and financial account information may have been removed from our network between August 14, 2021 and August 19, 2021 in connection with this incident.
What You Can Do.
To date, we are not aware of any reports of identity fraud or improper use of your information as a direct result of this incident. Out of an abundance of caution, we wanted to make you aware of the incident, explain the services we are making available to help safeguard you against identity fraud, and suggest steps that you should take as well. To protect you from potential misuse of your information, we are offering a complimentary one-year membership of Experian IdentityWorksSM Credit 1B. This product helps detect possible misuse of your personal information and provides you with identity protection services focused on immediate identification and resolution of identity theft. IdentityWorks Credit 1B is completely free to you and enrolling in this program will not hurt your credit score. For more information on identity theft prevention and IdentityWorks Credit 1B, including instructions on how to activate your complimentary one-year membership, please see the additional information provided in this letter.
This letter also provides other precautionary measures you can take to protect your personal information, including placing a Fraud Alert and/or Security Freeze on your credit files, and/or obtaining a free credit report. Because your financial account information may have been impacted, we recommend that you contact your financial institution to inquire about steps to take to protect your account, including whether you should close your account or obtain a new account number. Additionally, you should always remain vigilant in reviewing your financial account statements and credit reports for fraudulent or irregular activity on a regular basis. Please note that if the recipient of this letter is a trust and not an individual, to the extent the trust’s Tax ID number is an individual’s Social Security number, that individual should consider the information and offerings in this letter.
For More Information.
Please accept our apologies that this incident occurred. We are committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information in our possession and have taken many precautions to safeguard it. We continually evaluate and modify our practices and internal controls to enhance the security and privacy of your personal information. If you have any further questions regarding this incident, please call our dedicated and confidential tollfree response line that we have set up to respond to questions at This response line is staffed with professionals familiar with this incident and knowledgeable on what you can do to protect against misuse of your information. The response line is available Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PST and Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST (excluding major US holidays).