AIG Confirms Customer Data Breach

By Matt Hines  |  Posted 06-19-2006

Insurance provider American International Group has confirmed the theft of a file server and other hardware that held the personal information of approximately 970,000 potential customers.

Company officials said an intruder entered one of its Midwest offices sometime after business hours in late March and walked off with a file server and other equipment, including several laptop computers, that held the data in question. According to the firm, the break-in appeared to target the equipment itself and not the information residing on the machines.

There have been no reported identity thefts or fraudulent activities reported as a result of the break-in thus far, an AIG spokesperson said.

According to the company, the information stored on the stolen machines included the names and Social Security numbers of individuals who had requested insurance quotes from 690 individual brokers located throughout the United States. Roughly 5 percent of the stolen files included information regarding people's medical records, AIG said.

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While the computer theft occurred March 31, AIG spokespeople said the company delayed reporting the situation publicly as part of its efforts to help law enforcement officials track down those who committed the crime. The company did not indicate whether anyone has been arrested as a result of those efforts.

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