Ohio History Connection Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Ohio History Connection regarding its recent data breach. The Ohio History Connection data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information belonging to 7,600 individuals.


Ohio History Connection, previously known as the Ohio Historical Society, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Ohio. Founded in 1985, the Ohio History Connection collects, preserves, and provides access to a wide range of historical artifacts, documents, photographs, and other materials related to Ohio’s history. Throughout the state, the Ohio History Connection operates numerous museums, historic sites, and archives. Additionally, Ohio History Connection conducts educational programs, publishes books and resources about Ohio’s history, and offers various resources for researchers, educators, and the general public interested in learning about the state’s history. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Ohio History Connection has over 200 staff members and 50 historic sites throughout the state.


On July 9, 2023, Ohio History Connection discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which the sensitive personal identifiable information in its systems may have been accessed. Through its investigation, Ohio History Connection determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed this sensitive information through a ransomware attack. Additionally, the investigation determined that the sensitive information impacted belonged to current and former Ohio History Connection employees and vendors. On August 23, 2023, Ohio History Connection began contacting individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number
  • Address
  • W-9 reports

If you received a breach notification letter from Ohio History Connection:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or sam@turkestrauss.com.

If you were impacted by the Ohio History Connection data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review the breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in free credit monitoring service provided by Ohio History Connection;
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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