RISK: Canadian insurer hacked last fall

The Privacy Commissioner and Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre have both been notified

Empire Life was hacked last November.

The Kingston, Ont.-based life insurer and group benefits provider fell victim to a phishing attack on November 20, 2015. Hackers gained access to 10 internal employee email accounts.

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There is no evidence that personal customer information has been used inappropriately, Empire Life said in a release. But, it admitted, that information–which includes fund values, dates of birth, addresses, medical data and social insurance numbers–may have been viewed by an unauthorized third party.

“The security of our customers’ personal information is extremely important to us,” Mark Sylvia, president and CEO of Empire Life, said. “Empire Life has taken a number of steps to enhance IT security, including implementing new technologies and enhancing internal awareness and education training programs designed to help employees recognize and prevent phishing attempts.”

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The Privacy Commissioner and Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre have both been notified.

 

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