HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Officials from the Office of Consumer Protection are advising some Hawaii residents to take precautions after reports showed that two confidential data breaches on the mainland may affect more than 2,300 people across the islands.
The Office of Consumer Protection says the first of the two breaches involves customers of Nationwide Insurance and Allied Insurance. The second involved approximately 2,136 tax returns filed electronically by Hawaii residents that were stored by the South Carolina Department of Revenue.
"These incidents affect a significant number of people, including Hawaii residents," said Bruce Kim, OCP executive director. "
Nationwide Insurance reported that computer hackers accessed personal information, including Social Security numbers, and current estimates are that more than 1.1 million people may be affected nationally. The Office of Consumer Protection believes as many as 170 Hawaii residents may be affected by that breach.
Nationwide says it is not aware of any personal information being misused, but the company is providing free credit report monitoring and identity theft protection services to affected people for one year.
South Carolina says that state tax returns filed electronically by businesses or individuals since 1998 were impacted, and it is believed that the Social Security information of 3.8 million taxpayers and information belonging to 699,900 businesses, 3.3 million bank accounts, and 5,000 credit cards were compromised.
According to the OCP, those residents who believe they may have been affected by the South Carolina incident should call 1-866-578-5422 for more information or go to www.protectmyid.com/scdor.