Newkirk Products Data Breach Affects 3.3 Million Consumers
Newkirk Products, which provides ID cards for health insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, announced it had been the victim of a data breach. The hackers gained unauthorized access to a server that contained the information of 3.3 million members.
While the stolen information did not involve social security numbers, banking, credit card data or medical information, it did include names, addresses, birth dates, plan type, member and group ID numbers, dependent names and primary care provider information. Newkirk said it has no evidence that the data has been used inappropriately.
The company said the breach first occurred on May 21, but they did not discover the issue until July 6. At that time, Newkirk shut down the breached server and hired a third party investigator to determine the extent of the breach. They also notified law enforcement. The investigation is ongoing.
Newkirk sent letters to those affected, and offered them two years of free identity protection and restoration services.