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California Department of Insurance Computer Hacked, Agents Notified

A California Department of Insurance (CDI) computer server, used for pre-licensing purposes, was accessed without authorization on June 30, 2004. The Department is sending individual...
July 13, 2004

A California Department of Insurance (CDI) computer server, used for pre-licensing purposes, was accessed without authorization on June 30, 2004. The Department is sending individual letters to the 599 applicants who were in the process of applying for insurance producer licenses and whose information was on the computer server at the time of the security incident.

CDI says that although the accessed computer server contained insurance producer applicants' names, addresses, and social security numbers, this information was encrypted and "it is highly unlikely that information was compromised."

The letters CDI sent to producers suggest that the individuals contacted order a credit report to verify that there is no unauthorized activity. Even if individuals in this incident choose not to order credit reports at this time, the California Office of Privacy Protection recommends that everyone check their credit report at least once a year.

CDI says the processing of the pre-licensing applications was not affected by the incident. Applicants who were in the process of applying for an insurance producer license from the Department and are concerned that their information may have been impacted, should call Archie Alimagno, the Department's Information Security Officer, at (916) 492-3353.

CDI Notifies Applicants of Unauthorized Access (CDI Release 7/9/04)

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