Insurance Security Breach 11 Dec 12

Thousands of Minnesotans may have been impacted by a recent data security breach at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Reports say the personal information of more than 98,000 Minnesota residents may have been released during the incident, which was discovered back in October. Nationwide Mutual, based in Columbus, Ohio, says someone attacked its computer network, likely stealing information from people who asked for quotes — including names, birth dates, social security numbers and driver’s license information. The insurance company is offering the overall one-point-one-million people impacted free identity theft protection for one year and free credit monitoring. Nationwide Mutual officials say that people affected by the crime should have received letters warning of the potential identity theft by now. They say the attack involved a “sophisticated perpetrator” and only a small portion of the company’s computer network. The FBI is investigating.