Springfield, MA - There was a data breach at one of Springfield's largestbusinesses.
We've all heard about personal information being compromisedfrom using your credit card at a your store, but now you apparentlyhave to worry about your workplace.
Joe Hannigan recently got a letter in the mail from his formeremployer, Mass Mutual. It said his personal information might havebeen compromised.
It was information regarding his benefits which means hisfamily's information could also be at risk.
Mass Mutual has offered free credit checks for a few years, butthat won't protect him from identity theft. It will only let himknow if someone is using his information, as a result impacting hiscredit.
Here’s a statement from Mass Mutual's Jim Lacey:
“MassMutual can confirm that, despite comprehensiveprocedures and diligent practices to protect confidential andprivate data concerning employees at MassMutual and several of itssubsidiaries, a limited amount of personal employee informationmaintained in a database by an outside vendor (engaged by thecompany) may have been subject to unauthorized access. However, thevendor engaged a highly respected forensics team to investigate,and at this time we believe that no misuse of the information orfraudulent activity involving the data has occurred. This databasedoes not include any client or field representative information ofany type; it also did not contain personal Social Security or bankaccount information. Importantly, as a precautionary measure wehave taken swift and prudent measures to further protect theseemployees through actions that include timely notice and detailedinformation, as well as a free subscription provided by the vendorfor credit monitoring services. The company is also working closelywith the vendor to ensure every measure is taken to fully resolvethis situation and to better prevent this from happening in thefuture.”