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Nationwide Insurance Says Data Breach Affects 1.1M
From: Jake Kouns <jkouns () opensecurityfoundation org>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2012 02:30:26 -0500


Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. says someone attacked part of its
computer network and likely stole personal information affecting more
than 1.1 million people.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company says the Oct. 3 data breach occurred
in a network also used by Allied Insurance. It has determined the
compromised information included names, birth dates and Social
Security and driver's license numbers for customers and others who
sought insurance quotes.

Nationwide is sending letters notifying those affected and is offering
them free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for a year.
The insurer says it isn't aware of the compromised information being

Nationwide is one of the world's biggest insurance and financial
services companies. It says the breach was discovered the day it
happened and was contained.

Law enforcement is investigating the breach.



Nationwide's online notice: http://www.nationwide.com/notice.jsp
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