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South Carolina insurance agency hacked

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's insurance department says hackers might have stolen key personal information for about 12,500 Nationwide Insurance policy holders after breaking into the company's computer network.

The state agency said Wednesday that Nationwide reported its computer system was attacked seven weeks ago by crooks who collected Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers, and possibly birth dates.

Insurance officials say Nationwide quickly contacted the law enforcement authorities who are investigating.

The state agency says the risk of identity theft doesn't involve any South Carolina state government computers.

South Carolina's tax collection agency is reeling from a cyber-attack at that exposed the personal data of nearly 4 million individual filers and 700,000 businesses. Gov. Nikki Haley says state officials didn't do enough to prevent that data theft.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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