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After ICCU data breach, class action suit could bring payout to impacted customers

If your data was impacted by a breach at Idaho Central Credit Union Last year, you may be entitled to a pay out.

At the end of February 2020, Kyle Nelson, Michael Lewis and Christie Lewis filed suit in Bannock County District Court against ICCU claiming its negligence led to two data breaches at the end of 2019 and violated the Idaho Consumer Protection Act. A settlement has been proposed in the case and anyone who was notified by ICCU they were or may have been impacted could be eligible for payment or other benefits.

ICCU denies any and all wrong doing.

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The deadline to submit paperwork to request reimbursement for payment and credit monitoring services is April 19. If you would like to join the suit, you can find the paperwork here. A hearing on the settlement will be heard on June 1.

‘Months long investigation’

In the Notice of Data Breach sent February 6th, 2020 ICCU said it discovered “suspicious activity related to a third-party mortgage portal” its employees used. The credit union said it first discovered the possible issue on November 5th, 2019. Three days later investigators determined someone did breach the system.

It said a two-month-long investigation determined personal information “was present in the affected portal,” including name, date of birth, Social Security number, financial account information, tax identification number, and information on borrowers, liability, assets, employment, and income.

In December, 2019, ICCU found additional unusual activity related to an employee’s email account and launched a second investigation.

ICCU did not answer BoiseDev’s questions last year about how many customers were impacted. Idaho Central is Idaho’s largest credit union, with more than 40 branches across the state. It started as a credit union for employees of other credit uions in 1940. ICCU now controls more than $5 billion in assets.

Disclosure: Idaho Central Credit Union is a BoiseDev advertiser, with the ads placed through a third-party ad agency. ICCU had no role in the selection or production of this story.

Margaret Carmel - BoiseDev senior reporter
Margaret Carmel is a BoiseDev reporter focused on the City of Boise, housing, homelessness and growth. Contact her at [email protected] or by phone at (757)705-8066.

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