On November 3, 2022, United Veterinary Care reported a data breach with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office after the company discovered that personal consumer information stored on its computer network was compromised. According to United Veterinary Care, the breach resulted in certain consumers’ names, Social Security numbers and financial account information being compromised. Recently, United Veterinary Care sent out data breach letters to all affected parties, informing them of the incident and what they can do to protect themselves from identity theft and other frauds.
If your information was included in the data that was leaked in the United Veterinary Care data breach, it means that you are now at an increased risk of being the victim of identity theft. As we’ve noted in prior posts, data breaches are not coincidental—they are very intentional. Hackers orchestrate these attacks for the sole purpose of obtaining confidential information they can use to perpetrate a wide range of frauds. Therefore, anyone who receives a notice of data breach letter from United Veterinary Care should be sure to take all necessary precautions to protect themselves from identity theft and other frauds.
What We Know About the United Veterinary Care Data Breach
The available information regarding the United Veterinary Care breach comes from the company’s filing with the Attorney General of Massachusetts. According to this source, United Veterinary Care recently learned that an unauthorized party gained access to its computer system and was able to access certain files between the dates of January 25, 2022 and March 11, 2022.
In response, United Veterinary Care secured its network and began working with third-party cybersecurity specialists to investigate the incident and determine what, if any, consumer data was compromised as a result. The company’s investigation confirmed that some of the files that were accessible to the unauthorized party contained sensitive information relating to certain individuals.
Upon discovering that sensitive consumer data was made available to an unauthorized party, United Veterinary Care began to review the affected files to determine what information was compromised and which consumers were impacted. While the breached information varies depending on the individual, it may include your name, Social Security number and financial account numbers.
On November 3, 2022, United Veterinary Care sent out data breach letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident.
United Veterinary Care is a veterinary chain based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The company operates more than 116 animal hospitals across 23 states, including in Florida, California, the Midwest, and the Northeast. With a staff of more than 600 veterinarians, United Veterinary Care is one of the largest veterinary chains in the country. United Veterinary Care employs between 500 and 1,000 people and generates approximately $500 million in annual.