Nearly 5,000 impacted after Ohio manufacturer stores info on insecure server

Share this article:

Ohio-based manufacturer The Timken Company stored the personal information – including Social Security numbers – of nearly 5,000 current and former associates, as well as past applicants, on an insecure server, during which time one unauthorized party accessed the file containing the data.

How many victims? 4,983. 

What type of personal information? Names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, genders and results from employment hearing screenings.

What happened? The personal information was stored on an insecure server, during which time one unauthorized party accessed the file containing the data.

What was the response? Upon discovery of the incident, Timken removed the file from the server. Timken is ensuring all processes and practices relating to personal information are updated. Timken is notifying all impacted individuals and offering them a free year of identity protection services.   

Details: The file was stored on a server used for interchange of non-confidential data with third parties between Jan. 30 and Feb. 19. The file was accessed on Jan. 30.

Quote: “At this time Timken has no evidence that the file has been used for fraudulent purposes, but a team of employees and outside consultants has been working with law enforcement on this matter,” Donald Walker, senior vice president of human resources and organization achievement, wrote in the notification letter.

Source: atg.state.vt.us, “Timken Co Letter to Consumers,” March 3, 2014.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

RECENT COMMENTS

FOLLOW US

More in The Data Breach Blog

Transcript website flaw exposed personal data on 98k users

NeedMyTranscripts.com expose users' names, addresses and dates of birth, among other information, due to a site flaw that one user discovered.

Sourcebooks payment card breach impacts more than 5,000 customers

More than 5,000 customers had personal information stolen, but roughly 9,000 notification letters were sent out as a precautionary measure.

Cyberswim notifies customers that payment card data may be at risk

Malicious software installed on Sept. 24 may have compromised personal information for visitors that made purchases between May 12 and Aug. 28.