91,000 Iowans Affected by Computer Network Attack



By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller cautioned current, recent and potential Nationwide Insurance and Allied Insurance customers Tuesday about a recent computer network attack.

Nationwide reported the attack last Tuesday, saying it happened on Oct. 3.

Miller said that computer hackers accessed the personal information of more than 91,000 Iowans.

"Many Iowans are probably confused about how they could have gotten caught up in this massive data breach," Miller said. "That's because sometime over the last year or so someone may have sought a competitive insurance quote through a company or third party agent, and that agent may have obtained quotes from several companies, including Nationwide, on their behalf. In fact, they may not have even realized the agent checked with Nationwide."

Officials said the data breach affects approximately 1.1 million people nationally

The attack was focused on an area that contained some personal information of current, former and prospective Nationwide and Allied Insurance customers.

Nationwide said it is not aware of any misuse of personal information at this time.

The attack occurred on Oct. 3. Nationwide said it immediately took steps to secure the network.

Nationwide said it is notifying affected individuals by mail. Each person will be offered free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for one year.

Nationwide has also established a toll-free number for customers with questions about the incident at 1-800-760-1125.

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