Another cyber-attack, another chance your identity could be at risk

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- It has happened again, there was another cyber attack on a computer system in South Carolina which could put thousands of people's identities at risk.

The state's insurance department reports hackers might have stolen key personal information of Nationwide Insurance customers in South Carolina.

A national spokesperson for Nationwide said a part of its computer network was hacked on October 3, 2012.  The company said it immediately took steps to secure the network and informed regulators about the attack.

Cathy Graham with the Better Business Bureau said it is an all too familiar scene for South Carolina.

"Déjà vu nightmare all over again that's right," said Graham.

Just a few weeks ago, the South Carolina Department of Revenue was hacked.  The cyber-attack exposed the personal information of four million tax payers in the state.

The state said hackers took Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers, and possibly birth dates in the attack on Nationwide Insurance.

The insurance agency will contact those customers who are affected by the breach in the mail.

In the meantime, Graham said there are ways you can protect your identity now.

"You want to monitor your credit," said Graham.  "South Carolina is offering it for free at and I recommend everyone do that Nationwide or not."

Nationwide said the attack affects everyone including current, former, and prospective Nationwide and Alliance Insurance customers.

The company will offer everyone affected one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection through Equifax.

Nationwide also established a toll-free number for this incident, the number is 1-800-760-1125.

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