California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said his office will review the Nationwide/Allied Group of insurance companies' cyber-security measures to make sure the insurer is doing everything it can to protect consumers in the wake of a computer security breach.
Nationwide announced in November that a hacker broke into a portion of its computer network and stole personal information from about 1 million people. The data included names, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, birth dates and possibly marital status, gender, occupation and the names and addresses of employers.
"At this time, we have no evidence that any medical information or credit card account information was stolen in the attack," the company said on its website.
Nationwide said it reported the crime to law enforcement and hired an expert to identify whose information was compromised. The company will notify affected customers and offer a free credit-monitoring and identity theft protection product for one year.
Jones said his department is satisfied so far that the company is taking appropriate first steps to notify affected consumers. His office will do a followup review of the breach.
Consumers who believe they may have been impacted should call 800-760-1125, the toll-free number Nationwide established to assist people or visit the company's website.
"We are very sorry for this situation and are committed to enhancing our defenses against these kinds of attacks," Nationwide said in a statement about the security breach. "Your confidence in our ability to safeguard your information is very important to us."