The Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating The Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York, which does business as TRS, regarding its recent data breach. The TRS data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information belonging to an undetermined number of individuals.


TRS is a public-pension fund which offers teachers in New York City retirement, disability, and death benefits. Accordingly, educators are eligible for TRS membership if they work for the New York City Department of Education, the City University of New York, or participating New York City Charter schools. Founded in 1917, TRS has more than $100 billion in assets and over 215,000 members, retirees, and beneficiaries. Headquartered in New York, New York, TRS of the City of New York is one of many programs for teachers around the country.


On May 29, 2023, PBI Research Services, a third-party vender of TRS, discovered that it experienced a data breach in which the sensitive personal identifiable information of TRS employees may have been accessed. Through its investigation, TRS determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed this sensitive information through a vulnerability in the MOVEit file transfer platform used by TRS between May 29 and May 30, 2023. On July 18, 2023, TRS began contacting individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Address (e.g., city, state, zip, prior city of residence)

If you received a breach notification letter from TRS or PBI data breach:

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

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

  1. Carefully review any breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York d/b/a TRS;
  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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