On October 3, 2012, a malicious actor hacked into the systems of Nationwide – one of the largest insurance and financial services providers in the US. The full extent of the breach is not known yet, but it’s believed that the attackers gained access to the details of tens of thousands of customers.
According to a security notice published on its website, Nationwide reveals that the attack was neutralized as a result of their “responsive actions.”
The first part of the investigation revealed that names, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and birth dates could have been compromised.
In some cases, the cybercriminals could have also obtained information such as marital status, gender, occupation, and the name and address of the victim’s employer.
There’s no evidence to indicate the fact that medical or credit card information has been stolen by the attackers.
Law enforcement authorities have been immediately notified and letters are being sent out to the individuals that might have been affected.
So far, Nationwide is not aware of any instances in which customers data has been misused.