Alfa Insurance: data on 86K individuals inadvertently made accessible to internet

Alfa Specialty Insurance Corporation and Alfa Vision Insurance Corporation are notifying around 86,000 individuals that their personal information was inadvertently made accessible to the internet.

How many victims? Around 86,000.

What type of personal information? Names, addresses, dates of birth, driver's license numbers and Social Security numbers.

What happened? Information stored on one of Alfa's computer servers at a Tennessee location was inadvertently accessible to the internet.

What was the response? Alfa secured the computer server so that the information is no longer accessible to the internet, and removed data cached on the internet. All potentially impacted individuals are being notified, and offered free identity protection and credit monitoring services.

Details: Alfa learned of the issue on May 4.

Quote: “While we are not aware of any attempted or actual misuse of your information, this notice is being provided so you may take steps to monitor your identity,” a notification letter said.

Source: A media statement emailed to SCMagazine.com on Tuesday; doj.nh.gov, “Data Security Incident,” July 10, 2015.

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