Geico Security Flaw Exposes Hundreds of Driver's License Numbers
Driver's license details are becoming a hot commodity for people seeking to claim unemployment benefits fraudulently.
A security breach at Geico, the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., allowed fraudsters to access customers’ driver’s license numbers in an attempt fraudulently apply for unemployment benefits, the carrier said in a recent letter.
In an April 9th notice to affected customers and the California attorney general’s office, Sheila King, Geico’s manager of data privacy, said that between January 21 and March 1, 2021, criminals accessed driver’s license numbers through the company’s online sales platform using information illegally acquired elsewhere. That information, Geico believes, could be used to apply for unemployment benefits under the victims’ names.
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