Hackers access info of 28,000 Georgians

Breach connected to Nationwide Insurance data

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 7:34 AM
Last updated 9:25 PM
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ATLANTA -- Hackers accessed personal information—including Social Security numbers — of more than 28,000 Georgians after a computer breach at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the unauthorized access extends to customers beyond Georgia, but the Ohio-based insurer declined to say how many clients elsewhere have been affected and in how many other states.

The company is “not aware of any misuse of personal information at this time,” a Nationwide spokeswoman said in an e-mail statement.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are investigating, the spokeswoman told the newspaper.

The company did not disclose whether information was actually stolen or merely viewed by the perpetrators, but labeled the breach a criminal act.

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said that Nationwide informed his office that names, drivers license numbers, dates of birth and marital statuses were among the other pieces of sensitive data accessed.

The breach affected not only Nationwide policy holders but also the personal information of applicants for Nationwide services.

Nationwide is among the largest automotive and property insurers in the U.S. The company also provides mortgages and other financial services.

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Riverman1 11/21/12 - 08:48 am
Getting To Be Common Occurence

Things like this happen so often these days I'm not sure it even matters if our personal info is compromised or not. Afterall, everytime you use your credit card someone sees your number.

boomhauer 11/21/12 - 08:59 am
Well I don't use Nationwide

Well I don't use Nationwide thank goodness. You would think large corporations would have better security against hackers, and don't try to blame it on the employees "opening an email" either!

soapy_725 11/21/12 - 09:02 am
The potential financial collapse of

America. The world is phishing for your finances. Trail scenarios. Investigating the risks and profit potential of moving funds to foreign countries.

All of the "privacy statements" are wasted paper. They mean nothing. They are like government words which mean just the opposite. No privacy guarantee. A means of avoiding lawsuits. We gave you the paper.

seenitB4 11/21/12 - 09:17 am
This is getting old..

Why is it we don't hear that we have hacked into a hackers info.....are they smarter ----
In todays world we slip our card through the machine---most don't handle our cards ......

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