Nationwide Data Theft Affects More Than a Million Consumers
More than a million Nationwide Insurance customers had their personal data exposed by an October cyberattack on the company’s computer network, according to state insurance regulators.
The criminal hack targeted a part of the Columbus-based insurer’s computer network that contained personal information about current, former, and prospective customers of Nationwide and its Allied affiliate, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
The massive data breach affected people across all 50 states. According to the insurance firm’s spokesperson, the affected consumers will be contacted and provided with a free credit-monitoring and identity-theft product.
The California Department of Insurance said the data breach includes names, Social Security numbers, and other identifying information, according to the Dispatch. However, regulators in other states have revealed that driver’s license numbers and dates of birth and, in some cases, marital status, sex, occupation, and the names and addresses of employers were also compromised.
No credit-card information was disclosed as part of the breach. The company is seeking expert help on the analysis of the data and computer network, and is implementing measures to secure the network and investigate the data theft, reports the Dispatch.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a data breach, contact Sokolove Law today for a free legal consultation and to find out if a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you.